1. "Even for those thousands of young people who don’t get something out there, the process [of studying writing] is still a noble one — the process of trying to say something, of working through craft issues and the worldview issues and the ego issues — all of this is character-building, and, God forbid, everything we do should have concrete career results. I’ve seen time and time again the way that the process of trying to say something dignifies and improves a person."
    George Saunders, one of my few genuine personal heroes and an all-around kind, funny megagenius.