“When I was teaching — I taught for a while — my
students would write as if they were raised by wolves. Or raised on the
streets. They were middle-class kids and they were ashamed of their
background. They felt like unless they grew up in poverty, they had
nothing to write about. Which was interesting because I had always
thought that poor people were the ones who were ashamed. But it’s not.
It’s middle-class people who are ashamed of their lives. And it doesn’t
really matter what your life was like, you can write about anything.
It’s just the writing of it that is the challenge. I felt sorry for
these kids, that they thought that their whole past was absolutely
worthless because it was less than remarkable.”
- David Sedaris