Tom Mandel begins:
Of all things of thought, poetry is closest to thought. ó Hannah Arendt
“THE BEST THING about being a writer is writing—doing it.” Thatís Rae talking, though no doubt not her exact words. Itís 1977, early summer I believe, and weíre walking down Market Street near Sanchez where she and Chuck live. Behind us, a great prow of clouds extends from the hill that leads to the Haight, where my place is, and I think itís literature looming over us, listening in. Sunlight pours down on the Safeway across the street; it must be mid-day; weíre walking somewhere to have lunch, probably at the Cafe Flore.
“Next best is to read what you've written to your friends.” Do I agree? I will come to agree over time, certainly, but I don't know about now.