If anyone is interested in reading Stephen Elliott's essay "Why I Write," it's posted on The Rumpus today. A month or two ago I paid $3 to download it and it was well worth it. Stephen had said he was going to post it, but I was impatient. I'm not sorry, that's how good it is.
Except that I don't have time today (due to frantically trying to get ready for a short out-of-state trip with Hurricane Bill making me a little nervous), I'd put a snippet here. Maybe I will later if I can get my shit together.