"I also want to say that such an important part of writing is being kind. It is the only thing that carries us through, that makes living truly special. Human kindness. I think of Adrienne Rich: “without tenderness, we are in hell.” This is not about self-congratulatory pats on the back for trying, or lying to ourselves about the quality of the art we’re attempting to make, or praising ourselves for our sufferings. This is about cultivating that which is generous and good within us as a way of learning to see better. When we are generous, we appreciate more. I am saying we must be generous. I am saying we must be kind."