After a lifetime of hounding authors for advice, I’ve heard three truths from every mouth: (1) Writing is painful — it’s ‘fun’ only for novices, the very young, and hacks; (2) other than a few instances of luck, good work only comes through revision; (3) the best revisers often have reading habits that stretch back before the current age, which lends them a sense of history and raises their standards for quality. Mary Karr, The […]
I thought I could exist in a vacuum. Attain independence and rationality. I’m just a product of my hereditary, upbringing, hormone, culture, anxiety, education, politics, and socioeconomic status. What I see, what I read, what I experience: all is embedded in me. Our brain and being are wired for changing circumstances. I have to learn live with all that. accept the hell and heaven of other people. What will become of me after a decade […]
It’s never about who’s better than you. There will be plenty, dead and alive. It’s always about how you could get better, edit and revise. We’ll become a work of our lifetime: a sum of fractures, success, and failure.
I’m not statistically significant at all. I’m just one sample size. I’m just another person who is alive. I can’t speak for anyone. I can’t speak for me. I can only cite and sleep on a pile of references. I’m just a boring human being with no experience. I haven’t been anywhere. I haven’t done anything. Why would my insight matter? Personal essay was dead before I came to live. How can I be so […]
You matter because everyone else matter . The truth is that you aren’t that big of a deal. And isn’t that great ? . – tiny tiny dust