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When I was young and read at least two books a week, I wanted to be a writer. But I didn't have much experience. I called on my imagination to write. I culled others' experiences and mixed them up with imagination for fiction. As I began to build experience, I wasn't sure I wanted to open my life up to others by making my experiences public. I think about experiences in different areas: family, childhood, work, travel, relationships, friendships, love, romance, children, entertainment, playing, education, mentors. I think of errors, solecisms, falsehoods, lies . . . the truth. I think of the experience of wanting what I can't have, the experiences of getting what I want. Recently I was thinking of the experience of boredom. Fortunately, I rarely have to experience boredom any more. Said Dorothy Parker: "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." A lot of Firsts derive from curiosity, and those experiences aren't always ones that lead to a craving for a Second. ("I wish I hadn't done that." "Why did I do that?!") But curiosity also led to experiences I would not trade.
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