Such a beautiful quote: I ask if stories are empires, you’ll say— ‘Stories are people. I’m a story, you’re a story . . . your father is a story. Our stories go in every direction, but sometimes, if we’re lucky, our stories join into one, and for a while, we’re less alone.’ ‘But you never answered the question,” Pasquale said. “Why you come here.’ Bender pondered the wine in his hand. ‘A writer needs four things to achieve greatness, Pasquale: desire, disappointment, and the sea.’ ‘That’s only three.’ Alvis finished his wine.