On the Futility of Caring Too Deeply

“I think that part of what caused greater and greater problems for Paul [Nelson] is that he started thinking about his writing more and more seriously. He ended up making the mistake that a lot of us make, which is that he wanted to write about the things he cared about most deeply — and it’s exactly those things that are most resistant to our ability to express ourselves as perfectly as we want to.”
– Debra Rae Cohen, quoted in Kevin Avery’s Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson, 2011

I love this quote a lot, even if the implications of it scare me somewhat.

[More Nelson and Nelson-related quotes here.]

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