“and I thought, I will do my best to serve her and see she gets justice for the good work she has done, as long as I can, so help me God and Mike Ney. But to hell with her lost-generation talk and all the dirty, easy labels.”
“Up in that room I decided that I would write one true story about each thing that I knew about. I was trying to do this all the time I was writing, and it was good and severe discipline.”
“The story was writing itself and I was having a hard time keeping up with it. I ordered another rum St James.”
At the first meeting (or before), to help people get to know each other in the context of reading, a good question to ask everyone is: What do you enjoy about reading?
The wisdom he had taken from the book gave Tom the courage to move away from the straight and narrow path of auditions to explore new pathways in pursuit of his artistic goals. It gave him an inner strength to believe in himself and served as a reminder not to compromise but to stay truthful to what he wanted to explore.