. . . that one day I'll be a real grown-up like Priest:
If I had it to do over again, I never would have accepted the appointment as editor of the Spider-Man franchise. I made a lot of mistakes. I hurt a lot of people. I lost a lot of friends. It's a difficult thing for me to discuss. We'd all like to be heroes of our own stories, and it's hard to tell the story of when you were a chimp. I spent two and a half years of my life being an incredible chimp, paralyzed by my own chimp-ness and chimposity, and wholly convinced that, if I lost my job at Marvel, the world would end. Well, I did and it didn't. And now, nearly two decades later, I have some maturity and experience under my belt. Not that I'm any less of a chimp at 40 then I was at 22, but I have the perspective and, yes, the wisdom now to be horrified by the choices I made.
I'm not being sarcastic here, hard as that might be to believe. I'm six years shy of 40, and no doubt still have a lot of perspective and wisdom to pick up -- when you stop doing that, I figure, you're just using other folks' air for no good reason -- but there's still that horrified by early choices thing.
I almost envy the people who take the easier route, steadfastly maintaining that they've never done anything wrong in their lives. Don't think I present myself as the "hero" when I write about personal stuff here; more often than not I give other people all the good lines, if nothing else. I'd also like to think I've avoided the opposite route, presenting myself as the perpetual victim. That dualism thing again; nasty shit, ain't it?
No, this entry has no point. Except, you should read Priest's site, even if you're not into comics, because he's a real grown-up and those seem to be in short supply right now.
And desperately needed.