Unexpected Wisdom

"If you're going to tell stories," he said, "then tell stories. If you're tired of the struggle, stop struggling. If you're going to play, then play.

"When you're out past the map's edge, become the mapmaker.

"The impulse to heroism is inherent in all men1," he said. "Here There Be Dragons? Ride them."

1 A red numeral 1 appeared in the air beside his head as he said this. Down near his red canvas All Stars floated luminescent words: And women, too.