“Nothing Good Gets Away”

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In 1858, John Steinbeck’s eldest son wrote his father a letter in which he expressed his belief that he had fallen in love. Steinbeck wrote him back with advice.

“First—if you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.”


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →