Nostalgia is denial – denial of the painful present, the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one one’s living in – it’s a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present. Isn’t that what the present is. A little unsatisfying. Because we all fear death and question our place in the universe, life is unsatisfying. The writer’s job is not to succumb to this despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence with sufficient passion, to push death out of men’s minds… until it returns, as it does, to all men… and then you must read really good writing again. Maybe that’s the problem with writers. We’re so full of words. But no subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure. Be courageous enough to question why people find your story terrible, If your an athlete, be nothing but first, if you’re a writer, declare yourself the best writer – but your not, as long as I’m around, unless you want to put the gloves on and settle it.