Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.
Women in Clothes, edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton
Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love For New York, edited by Sari Botton