Stephen Akey on the cargo of a literary career

I enjoyed this essay from by Stephen Akey of The Smart Set on the prospects offered to someone blessed (burdened?) with an overwhelming love for literature: become a great writer or a great supporting beam for the literary world, in his case a librarian.

As a young person who wants to incorporate my love of writing and literature into my professional future, I feel the pressure of an expectation to be creatively productive and write something profound, or follow a default career path in which menial and less creatively stimulating duties become the focus. Akey’s earnest account of his experiences touches on what being a writer really means in the modern day and how that is informed by what we expect of our writers.