Dani Shapiro
December 22, 2010

On the Seven Deadly Sins

It occurs to me that the seven deadly sins (envy, sloth, gluttony, wrath, pride, lust and greed) can be seen and understood through the lens of the writing life.  Don’t we feel all of these, at some point or another?  Or even–on really bad days–all at once?  We spend a lot of time alone.  Musing, fretting, obsessing, dreaming, scheming, creating.  In these hours, some powerfully negative thinking almost inevitably creeps in.  At least it does for me.  So–in honor of the end of this tumultuous and intense year–for the next week, each day I’m going to tackle a sin.

First up, tomorrow: the time-honored tradition of envy.