Submit your questions for Rick Moody, Life Coach—a segment on our new podcast!
“If there are those of you out there who are in dire need, who require advice, I say bring it on. Bring on your problems. Bring on your lamentable instances of petty envy. Bring on your shoplifting addiction. Bring on your major depression. Bring on your head injury. Bring on your apraxia, or your Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia. Bring on your alchemical obsession. Bring on your hopes and fears and joys and frustrations. My idea of literature, as I have often said, is that it should save lives. My idea of literature is that it once did save lives, and was of consequence in that way. I believe it can do so again. With every book, to the best of my ability, I try to put this belief in action, even if, as in some of the recent books, the best way to save lives is to cause laughter. Bring on your problems, and I will listen, and bear witness, and when the occasion permits, I will respond, according to certain general rules, in this hope that here too words may be redemptive.”