“[Y]oung writers […] have to swear off navel-gazing in favor of an outward glance onto a wrecked and lovely world worthy and in need of the attention of intelligent, sensitive writers. I’m not calling for more pundits—God knows we’ve got plenty. I’m saying that writers need to venture out […] to put themselves and their work on the line. Stop being so damned polite. Treat writing like your lifeblood instead of your livelihood.” — Tim Genoways