“The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deepy, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”
For the full introduction at the beginning of the play and the play itself …
In 1940, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
Thank you, Mr. Saroyan, for the inspiration.