Most of my writing usually feels to me like a bad idea, which makes it hard for me to know which ideas feel bad because they have merit, and which ones feel bad because they don’t.

—Maggie Nelson in The Argonauts, a book that pushed at all kinds of boundaries with a raw, searching honesty. This line made me see doubt as something to aspire to.

For the readers or crowd, sometimes it’s just half an hour’s distraction or curiosity…The anxiety or striving you put in can sometimes be debilitating, and they won’t even notice. The answer isn’t to invest less, but to remember the stakes for the audience are sometimes not as high as they are for you.

—Writer/philosopher Damon Young on creativity and worrying about the right things. Interviewed by Madeleine Dore for Kill Your Darlings.