Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
Banville called this Beckett’s “negative aesthetic.” I am sure that it how it struck those who read it when the book first appears. On the other hand how many Silicon Valley evangelists are out there who have pretty much made their careers by flogging that “Fail better” principle. Could it be that Beckett was the prophet for the century he never lived to see, or has Silicon Valley simply appropriated the frustrations of the artist and turned them into the motivating force for the entrepreneur?