Russell Shorto: “The more you zoom in on something, the more universal it is.”

How do you contend with the hubris of thinking anyone has or should have any interest in what you have to say about anything?

Russell Shorto: I have a notion that the smaller a story is, the bigger it is. That is, the more you zoom in on something, the more universal it is. So if I focus on one historical figure very closely, I believe (hope) what results will be of interest because, at heart, we’re all about the same things. Love, betrayal, striving.

—From a lithub.com post. Russell Shorto is the author of Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob.

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