Handler: When I say, “That person was so stupid,” the retort is usually, “Well, they were really nice.” They better be nice! What, are you going to be stupid and mean? I get really mad when people don’t read.
Wieseltier: Most of them don’t have the time because they’re too busy iShooting up. It’s genuinely frightening. And yet, while fear has to be dignified and recognized, it can’t have the last word. One of the responsibilities of the media right now should not be to stoke the fear, but to analyze it and find ways for people to master it, emotionally and intellectually.
Perfect Strangers: When Chelsea Handler Met Leon Wieseltier — The New York Times