I was talking to my friend
I asked if we, as creators, have a responsibility to live up to our heroes.
His short answer: no. Plenty of people are.
Which I guess leaves me to look in the mirror and wonder if maybe I'm not doing enough. It's possible, maybe probable. I could definitely do a lot more showing up, as
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
Or, perhaps more aptly, as Wolfe's contemporary Gay Talese — who, along with Joan Didion, as among the last of the founders of "New Journalism — says, I might need to
I'm not going to do much reminiscing on Wolfe. I'm a big fan. He made a
One of the things I think we miss when we remember Wolfe and Breslin and Hunter S. Thompson and we think of Talese and Didion is that they made something new when they were young. Their brand of "
If my work was in a pile of others' work on their desks, would my heroes notice my work?
I think I'm getting better. I'm not sure. I do know I'm going to keep at it.
So, fortunately, are others.
Be it resolved. Get off my ass. Show up every day. Don't ship every day, necessarily, but show up and get something done. Grow. You, too. The world needs us.