In this clip Wallace details the difference between popular fiction and literary fiction, the discipline of reading and the time it takes to devote to reading, and the need for silence. He and I are from the same generation and aside from my circle of close friends, I’ve never heard anyone detail these things as a necessity.
I need silence. I need time to reflect, to think, to really ponder certain philosophical or elemental aspects of life, of writing. Some of the best times in my life are sitting in a quiet place reading, writing, or just thinking.