Laura Albert
2 min readSep 16, 2022

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Life’s Work

“Do you write?” This is the question David Milch asked anyone who sincerely cared about the creative process — a waiter, a grip, a driver, anyone. I’ve seen him invariably ask that person, “Do you write?” For David, it was almost a rhetorical question. How else could a sensitive thinking person manage to survive in a nonsensical and all-too-often midnight-dark world?

David Milch & Laura Albert

This was the external verbal expression of his profound inner faith, that each of us has the capacity to transcend the worst that exists not just around us but within us as well, and reveal the road to salvation. David understands writing as the method for uncovering the hidden connective tissue within ourselves and others. He has never believed that his unique brilliance was untranslatable; instead, he turns his writers’ rooms into classrooms, offering discussions and presenting materials so you can learn everything about the subject at hand.

David Milch & Laura Albert

Then he instructs you to forget it and allow storytelling to take over. In his new book “Life’s Work” — an absolutely surreal, often hilarious, sometimes terrifying, and always genius account of his life — he has given us a master class on how to be a writer. Read it and you will discover for yourself how David Milch became a wise and patient and learned teacher, a Buddha who never gives up, so that we his students could achieve through storytelling the power to impart love.

Get your copy of David Milch “Life’s Work” Penguin Random House> https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/572687/lifes-work-by-david-milch/

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Laura Albert

Laura Albert wrote under pseudonym JT LeRoy. Fiction: Sarah, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, Harold's End > www.LauraAlbert.org