The place of experience in writing
From Tobias Wolff's, IN PHARAOH'S ARMY: "I described myself as a writer to anyone who would listen since I was sixteen. . . The problem was, I began to see stories even where I shouldn't. . . I turned into a predator, and one of the things I became predatory about was experience. I fetishized it, collected it, kept strict inventory. It seem to me the radical source of authority in the writers whose company I wanted to join, in spite of their own coy deference to the ugly stepsisters honesty, knowledge, human sympathy, historical consciousness, and, ugliest of all, hard work."