Be born at the right time

“What I think writers ought to do:
Love words, agonize over sentences.
And pay attention to the world.
Be serious. By which I mean: Never be cynical. And which
doesn’t preclude being funny.

And take care to be born at a time when it was likely that you would be definitively exalted and influenced by
Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy, and Chekhov.”
Susan Sontag

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