Be unpredictable, including to yourself. So there’s the question of how do you go about finding things—or better their finding you? You have to be open to surprise and at the same time assiduous in pursuing the things you are really interested in. You have to be patient. And along the way when you are pursuing things you are confident you want, other things may crop up. Rigorously by whim.
In an interview with the Paris Review, Edwin Frank, founder of the New York Review Books publishing house, talks about the publishing industry, poetry, 20th century literature, and the discovery and rediscovery of great writing.