Being an artist doesn’t take much, just everything you got. Which means, of course, as the process is giving you life, it is also bringing you closer to death. But it’s no big deal. They are one and the same and cannot be avoided or denied. So when I totally embrace this process, this life/death, and abandon myself to it, I transcend all of this meaningless gibberish and hang out with the gods. It seems to me that this is worth the price of admission.
— Hubert Selby, Jr.“Why I Continue to Write”