The Writing: When are you going to get a real job?

There was a point in time that I assumed that writing was just one job: to get the thoughts down and out. But as so many reader letters reflect here at The Reading, art is at least two jobs. The first is to resist; the second is to make.

The last time I came out to my parents, it was to tell them that I no longer worked a full-time job as an engineer. This was after the long silence but during the time when we still only spoke seriously for emergencies like, say, a pandemic.