“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’
then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
—Vincent Van Gogh
“You can’t write. What are you going to write about?” George Costanza’s mother squawked at him in one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes. Her middle-aged son had just announced that he and his friend Jerry had signed a contract with NBC for a sitcom, and that was as much support as she could muster.