Andre Dubus III On completing his memoir Townie:

It felt really good. I felt cleansed. If you look at the verb express–you know when you express a wound, you are actually squeezing the pus out; it’s kind of a gross image–but when you express, you take what’s in and you bring it out. And that can only be freeing, but you’ve got to get it all out. So you’ve got to be really true.

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