“I often tell my students that the only writers really worth reading are the ones who cannot not write. They’re obsessed in a certain way, or possessed in a certain way, and I think that their writing is the way that they’re working out the difficulties with which they’re living. In many ways, for these writers, literature and art replace religion as the locus for working with these issues, and all of these writers are in some way wrestling with these fundamental existential problems that we all face.”

Taylor was interviewed recently on WAMC’s The Roundtable, talking about his newest book, Last Works: Lessons in Leaving.