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CIRCLES OF AUTHORSHIP

It’s strange, especially for a director, to find out you are not the creator. You are instrumental in creating something, but even if you fancy the idea that you pulled it out of yourself, you have to acknowledge that you could not have done it alone.

—Wim Wenders, from an interview in the journal IMAGE1

Suddenly he said: “Of course you don’t suppose, do you, that you wrote all that book yourself?” … I think I said: “No, I don’t suppose so any longer.” I have never since been able to suppose so. An alarming conclusion for an old philologist to draw concerning his private amusement. But not one that should puff any one up who considers the imperfections of “chosen instruments”, and indeed what sometimes seems their lamentable ...

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