What Is The Real Reason Why You Write?

For years, I often struggled telling people why, exactly, I wrote.

Because it seemed as if I had no real good reason, no strong, declarative purpose, for putting pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, voice to notes, and all that jazz.

I was, you could say, directionless.

And there were years I wrote a little and years I wrote a lot — depending on…



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Paul Cantor

Paul Cantor


Wrote for the New York Times, New York Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Vice, Fader, Vibe, XXL, MTV News, many other places.