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When the civil rights battle was won, all the Jews and hippies and artists were middle class white people and all the blacks were still…
The past is still visible. The buildings haven’t changed, the layout of the streets hasn’t changed. So memory is very available to me as I…
What’s lucky about my career in general is that I stumbled into what every writer most wants. Not repeating myself and doing strange things has…
My fiction has been influenced by the visual arts, though not in obvious ways, it seems to me. I don’t offer tremendous amounts of visual…
I’d have been a filmmaker or a cartoonist or something else which extended from the visual arts into the making of narratives if I hadn’t…
I’d excluded New York from my writing, and then I came back and I fell in love with it all over again. The energy comes…
I just noticed recently that in one book after another I seem to find an excuse to find some character who, to put it idiotically…
I got into underground comics fairly early on and kind of wandered away from the superhero stuff, but I was an art student and I…
The more film I watch, the more John Ford looks like a giant. His politics aren’t so good, and you have to learn to accept…
The arts and a belief in the values of the civil rights movement, in the overwhelming virtue of diversity, these were our religion. My parents…
I never take any notes or draw charts or make elaborate diagrams, but I hold an image of the shape of a book in my…
It’s now expected of me that I will defy expectation, so I really generally seem to be free to write what I want.
It was only as I wrote about it that I began to find paths of access to feelings that were intolerable to me then.
I work on a laptop specifically so I can work in cafes and pretend I’m part of the human world.
It was good while it was good.
I try not to become too regular an addict of any one subculture.
I plan less and less. It’s a great benefit of writing lots, that you get good at holding long narratives in your head like a…
I grew up with an artist father, and my parents’ friends were also mainly artists or writers, so he connects what I do with his…
I don’t paint anymore. I haven’t since I abandoned it at 19, in order to begin writing seriously.
I had always wanted to be a writer who confused genre boundaries and who was read in multiple contexts.
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