Writing about yourself vs. writing about others

What’s difficult is that when one writes about oneself, one is obligated to write about other people. And there, as much as one has the right to write absolutely whatever one wants about the self — and once again, for me, that’s not very difficult — to write about others is an enormous problem. The sincerity that you can exhibit with yourself, you have no right to inflict on anyone else.

– Emmanuel Carrère, talking to Wyatt Mason of the New York Times Magazine for the article How Emmanuel Carrère Reinvented Nonfiction.