“By presenting us with a limitless number of nonstopped stories, the narratives that the media relate…offer a lesson in amorality and detachment that is antithetical to the one embodied by the enterprise of the novel….

To tell a story is to say: this is the important story. It is to reduce the spread and simultaneity of everything to something linear, a path.

To be a moral human being is to pay, be obliged to pay, certain kinds of attention.”
Susan Sontag

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