On great writing and morality

Great writers require idealistic integrity–as do their readers.

The writers we admire most are propelled by a mixture of innocence and chutzpah — the nerve to write big coupled with a childlike need to cultivate the virtues they have always believed in. They may surprise themselves by the insistence of their own higher motives and values. They may also believe that as readers, we will surprise ourselves for the same reasons.

–Roger Rosenblatt, “How to Write Great“, pg. 2

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