Art Of The Essay

WS: And Sam remembers the authors from that time period who considered great.SA: I remember reading Ralph Waldo Emerson and the power of his voice.

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I remember walking around Lodi, California, walking to school in the morning and walking home after school, reading as I walked.

And that’s when I first became conscious of the great classics and wanting to become one of those.

And I got really into Dostoevsky for several years.

Just this incredible cosmic certainty about what he was talking about, and these sentences that were just so vivid and arresting. I’d never really heard a voice like that before, I think.

So, that spoke to me deeply and I thought, I want to sound like this. I started in a very kind of pretentious, adolescent way reading feverishly all the time, everything.


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