A memoir should have some uplifting quality, inspiring or illuminating, and that's what separates a life story that can influence other people.
For better or for worse, I've watched people die in front of me. I see how they are in the end. And they're not cynical. In the end, they wanna hold somebody's hand. And that's real to me.
You're not a wave, you're a part of the ocean.
The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
I believe that you live on inside the hearts and minds of everyone you've touched while you were here on earth.
I don't know about Heaven or Hell, but I do know that we are visited all the time by the spirits of those who affected us in life.
If you're always battling against getting older, you're always going to be unhappy, because it's going to happen anyhow.
We all lose somebody we care about and want to find some comforting way of dealing with it, something that will give us a little closure, a little peace.
I believe the biggest themes of life are put into the best focus when held up against the very sharp light of mortality.
Detroit is a place where we've had it pretty tough. But there is a generosity here and a well of kindness that goes deep.
We all have two things in common, no matter who we are: We were born and we are going to die.
You have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it.
I used to be a classic workaholic, and after seeing how little work and career really mean when you reach the end of your life, I put a new emphasis on things I believe count more. These things include: family, friends, being part of a community, and appreciating the little joys of the average day.
I find interesting characters or lessons that resonate with people and sometimes I write about them in the sports pages, sometimes I write them in a column, sometimes in a novel, sometimes a play or sometimes in nonfiction. But at the core I always say to myself, 'Is there a story here? Is this something people want to read?'
For years I wrote in my basement. More recently I graduated to one floor above, an office with all my books and music and - ta da! - a window.
People who don't normally read make an exception for my books, possibly because they're short.
Sentiment is wherever you go.
This is a story about a man named Eddie and it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun.
You have to work at creating your own culture.
In a newspaper, you only have so much room. It teaches you the value of getting to the point, of not pampering yourself with your glorious writing. I've always been much more interested in one powerful sentence that stays with you. That's my style.