My favorite writers are Oscar Wilde, J.D. Salinger, and Fydor Dostoyevsky, not necessarily in that order. I love Dostoyevsky for his incredible stories, but I love Wilde and Salinger, because regardless of their subject material, they can make me “give a damn.”
I spend a lot of time thinking about how to write these blog posts. I want to write things that are interesting and relevant to other people, without giving away too much of myself (I live in constant terror of being truly understood, and therefore irrelevant). But most importantly, I want to write something worth a damn.
I may be drunk and more than a little bit sloppy right now, but I want to leave you with this quote from a Medium post:
“Write something worth a damn. Write something that requires you to tear a chunk of your soul away and leave it dripping, bloody, on the page. For my amusement, or your amusement, or her’s. Put something of yourself into the process. Get some skin in the game. If you don’t, you might as well be writing press releases. Life is too short, and the opportunity afforded us by this marvelous community and platform is too good to squander it on typological masturbation. Fuck me with your stories. Please.”