There’s a kid or some kids somewhere. I’ll

There’s a kid or some kids somewhere. I’ll never know them. They’re particle-puzzle-cubing right now. They might be mini-misanthropes from Moosefart, Montana. They might be demi-dystopians from Dogdick, Delaware. They dig my demonic dramas. The metaphysic maims them. They grasp the gravity. They’ll duke it out with their demons. They’ll serve a surfeit of survival skills. They won’t be chronologically crucified.

They’ll shore up my shit. They’ll radically revise it. They’ll pass it along.
— James Ellroy, Destination: Morgue!

Bill Gates (and his successor at Microsoft, Ray

Bill Gates (and his successor at Microsoft, Ray Ozzie) are famous for taking annual reading vacations. During the year they deliberately cultivate a stack of reading material?much of it unrelated to their day-to-day focus at Microsoft?and then they take off for a week or two and do a deep dive into the words they?ve stockpiled. By compressing their intake into a matter of days, they give new ideas additional opportunities to network among themselves, for the simple reason that it?s easier to remember something that you read yesterday than it is to remember something you read six months ago.
— Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation