To build any creative life you need two things: dreams and action.
~~ Ariel Gore
Video hasn’t killed the lit star yet. James Michener was forty when he published Tales of the South Pacific. Frank McCourt was a sixty-six-year-old retired school teacher when Angela’s Ashes came out. Maya Angelou published her debut memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, at forty-two. Fannie Flagg was forty-three when Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe came out. And Mark Haddon wowed the lit world at age forty with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Everything you lack in adolescent glow is fulfilled with life experience. Youth can be an asset if you’re not afraid to sell it, but your every scar and wrinkle are assets, too. So don’t tell me you’re too old.
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