The thing about writing about hard things

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.