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I decided early on that I wanted to participate in the greater American experience, rather than the parochial one in Mississippi. But I have an…
Literature has as one of its principal allures that it tells you something about life that life itself can’t tell you. I just thought literature…
Well, I believe in the idea of ‘normal’ in the way that I believe in the idea of logic. Or the idea of character. All…
If I could have married my wife and been a sports writer for the past 30 years, I wouldn’t be sitting here – but I…
I don’t hate children. My wife and I just didn’t think we would be good parents, and also by the time we got married in…
Your father has to die, better he dies in your arms.
For a writer, children make life needlessly hard. I’ve muddled through a lot of things, but I have not muddled through my writing life. I…
Writing never came naturally and I still have to force my hand to do it.
The ways in which things are superficially similar but also distinct is interesting to me.
The art of living your life has a lot to do with getting over loss. The less the past haunts you, the better.
Reading is probably what leads most writers to writing.
My job is to have empathy and curiosity for things that I’ve never done. Also, I’m a person whom people talk to.
My father died in my arms. That’s tumult. That’s everything exploding.
Maybe I’m a serial regional writer. First here, then there, across the map.
In order to write novels for a living – it’s not pathological, but I do think and worry and brood and fidget about stuff that…
I’m kind of a distractible guy.
I’ve been mainly a happy boy in my life. I married the right girl and we did what we wanted to do.
I’m an equal opportunity reader – although I don’t much read plays. And since I was raised a Presbyterian, pretty much all pleasures are guilty.
I think once you love somebody, you love somebody; that’s just how it is.
I work really hard at these books, and when colleagues write nasty reviews of them, I take it very personally.
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