But the thing about remembering is that you don’t forget. You take your material where you find it, which is in your life, at the intersection of past and present. The memory traffic feeds into a rotary up on your head, where it goes in circles for a while, then pretty soon imagination flows in and the traffic emerges and shoots off down a thousand different streets. As a writer, all you can do is pick a street and go for the ride, putting things down as they come at you. That’s the real obsession. All those stories.”
-Tim O’ Brien, The Things They Carried, page 31 & 33
I am finally reading this book and it is just grabbing my mind and heart and I know it is about the Vietnam war BUT I think it’s actually an exploration of human need and a breakdown of Maslow’s hierarchy.