When I write, the practice is all consuming and thrilling and exhausting. But there are times when I want to read, and reading is all consuming and thrilling and exhausting, too.
You do not want to get close to a writer. You never know what or when or how they are going to dangle your intimate details and dirty laundry outside for the world to inspect. And they make stuff up, too, so you are never sure what’s real and what’s fake.