So we’ve all read Ira Glass on good taste and shitty work. That’s done. We’re all on the same page. We all understand that we have to wince our way through for a while (well, most of us, anyway — the normals).
But when you’re writing about heavy shit, that gets much, much harder.
This is what I’ve learned to tell myself: even if I fail, the hyperlinks will deliver people to the right Eric K. Ward essay. It’s not a wasted effort. I won’t make things worse. Yes, the stakes are high, but that’s why we need everyone — LITERALLY EVERYONE — making a contribution.