"Namely, that the capacity to describe something makes it not beyond you, bringing it into the realm of comprehensibility and the realm of comprehensibility at least implies, even if it can’t always fulfill, the prospect of transformation. Because if I understand something – understand its dynamics and my own role in them – then I have an opportunity to attempt to make choices to change or to shift those
dynamics, even if full control remains largely outside my purview. And even when I cannot do that (cannot shift things some, that is), I can at a minimum open myself up to the reality of where I am and how I’ve landed there – and that clarity alone (however painful) can be liberating, if only from certain delusions that I may have been carrying that have variously narrowed or put blinders on my thinking and analysis and life actions."
"Writing is a way of getting distance, by getting close. [...] Where there is overstimulation, overwhelm, and collapse, writing can dry things out, create distance and perspective."