We need authors to tell their stories of success and their struggles. While listening closely, I try aligning my circumstances and experiences with the author’s. What sort of life did they launch from, in order to attain the orbit of their career? I hear about education, mentoring and family help, their alliances with other artists. It’s all too easy to add these elements to a pile I can call privilege. Private prep school, colleges whose student body is well-off, parents already in the arts and creative careers.
This adding up rarely motivates me, although it could light a fire under all of us.