there are two quotes i keep returning to that touch upon the constraints I put on myself as a writer. The first is by Anton Chekhov, who wrote in a letter to his editor in the spring of 1888 “My only job is to be talented, that is to know how to distinguish important testimony from unimportant.”1
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