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It’s not surprising to see in my own work, looking back, and in the work of some of my peers, an attention to family. It’s…
If you’re interested in how people behave, if you’re interested in the way they talk about themselves, the way the conceive of themselves, it’s very…
I wrote two plotted books, got some of the fundamentals of storytelling down, then… it’s sort of like taking the training wheels off, trying to…
I was unwise enough to actually mention this in public a few times, and in fact to point out that there were two versions of…
I was a late child from my parents, so I grew up surrounded by people a lot older than me. I think even when I…
I used to think it was hard to write, and I still find the process more or less unpleasant, but if I know what I’m…
The real pleasure in writing this, for me, was discovering how little you need.
We may freak out globally, but we suffer locally.
The Mekons were kind of like the background music of my life.
‘s one of the perversities of the age: I’m embarrassed by its success, but I’m happy it’s selling.
It’s very liberating for me to realize that I don’t have to step up to the plate with a plot that involves the U.N. Security…
I was about 13, in some ways, when I wrote the first book. Approximately 18 when I wrote the second.
I really enjoy doing both, but I didn’t write nonfiction until 1994.
I hate that word dysfunction.
But as far as being popular, yeah, I think Dave Barry is really funny.
It seems to me self-evident that if you have a life, things happen in it, and certain things do change; certain things end. People you…
And Silence of the Lambs is a really smart book.
It’s just a matter of writing the kind of book I enjoy reading. Something better be happening at the beginning, and then on every page…
When I finally gave up any hope of doing anything representative of the American family, I actually seemed to have tapped into other people’s weirdness…
I look at my father, who was in many ways an unhappy person, but who, not long before he got sick, said that the greatest…
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