“I was sitting at home and had a profound experience. I experienced, in all my Being, that someday I was going to die, and it wouldn’t be like it had been happening, almost dying, but somehow staying alive, but I would just die! And two things would happen right before I died: I would regret my entire life; I would want to live it over again. This terrified me. The thought that I would live my entire life, look at it and realize I blew it forced me to do something with my life.”
Hubert Selby Jr.