What a beautiful, classic memoir. I’m reading a lot of memoirs nowadays to get tips on how people write about their own lives — Wolff is among the best.
"When we are green, still half-created, we believe that our dreams are rights, that the world is disposed to act in our best interests, and that falling and dying are for quitters. We live on the innocent and monstrous assurance that we alone, of all the people ever born, have a special arrangement whereby we will be allowed to stay green forever."
Thanks Rob Urstein at Stanford GSB for encouraging me to read this.