Less Than Zero just popped on the television.  It reminds me how much I love James Spader and Robert Downey Jr. even though the story itself is a little silly, like a clumsy after school special (are those still a thing?).  After reading about how this movie came to be, it's clear it could have been really good if the original script had been followed.  Instead, they dumbed it down, made it slightly saccharine to please a phantom audience and so we have what we have: something trying to be edgy but afraid to be real and true.

I'm also reading Stephen King's "On Writing".  I think, perhaps, the most important advice I've read so far is:

“If you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”

So here's to the truth and being set free, such as it were.