"... the big distinction between good art and so-so art lies somewhere in the heart's purpose, the agenda of the consciousness behind the text. It's got something to do with love. With having the discipline to talk out the part of yourself that can love instead of the part that just wants to be loved."
David Foster Wallace quote posted by writer Cheryl Strayed, on Wallace's posthumous birthday, 2/22/2010
For one of the most searing essays you will read, see Strayed's "The Love of My Life." Here's the first line:
THE FIRST TIME I cheated on my husband, my mother had been dead for exactly one week.