What keeps me up at night is between globalism and social media, we are quickly approaching a fully global culture. Soon every nook of the planet will be speaking the same digital language. Eventually the smaller languages and cultures will be forgotten. That’s inevitable. The loss of a small culture may seem insignificant, but every culture keeps stories and lessons and ideas which are beyond language — they must be taught, lived and experienced. Having grown up in one of those smaller cultures — the rural, American South — I can feel the nuances of my childhood fading into that global inevitability. That scares the life out of me. That is why I write and work in Arkansas and for Arkansas — to spend my time preserving the culture that made me.