“When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness.
I’m trying for that.
But I’m also trying for the language. I’m trying to see how it can really sound. I really love language. I love it for what it does for us, how it allows us to explain the pain and the glory, the nuances and delicacies of our existence.
And then it allows us to laugh, allows us to show wit. Real wit is shown in language.
Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound
that it empowers us to develop courage;
to trust that courage and build bridges with it;
to trust those bridges and cross over them
so we can attempt to reach each other.
“The sisters and brothers that you meet give you the materials which your character uses to build itself. It is said that some people are born great, others achieve it, some have it thrust upon them. In truth, the ways in which your character is built have to do with all three of those. Those around you, those you choose, and those who choose you.”