I thought this was profound:
Young people think being “bad” or doing bad things or being emotionally destructive (like Bellow and Mailer) gives you material. In fact, the opposite is true. The more you grow as a person, the more bad past selves you can discard and use as dynamic material.
Note: the thread concerns itself with famous male writers being horny, but the story that motivated it, if you start googling, about Roth’s biographer, is much more disturbing. Content warning child abuse / grooming / sexual violence.