“I think, in the long run, that to find people who support your work, it’s best not even to think in literary terms but to look for easygoing and open-hearted human beings with a low threshold of embarrassment, who, generally speaking, aren’t beset by terror, fear, or what we, out here in California, call a ‘scarcity consciousness.’  These are people who think there might be enough of everything for everyone, who can consider popcorn for dinner if you’re busy working.  You’re looking for someone who loves you—or likes you well enough—to let you alone.  To say, ‘congratulations!’ if you get something published.”

Carolyn See, Making a Literary Life (New York: Random House, 2002), 68-9.


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