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People really want to believe that there is no fiction. I think they find it much easier to imagine that novelists are writing memoirs, writing…
Sometimes I think my purpose is as a saboteur when I’m working with other people, derailing what they’re trying to do or taking things to…
My work generally tends to be an all-out, 360-degree subversive take on everything, most of all my own notion of myself as a son, father,…
I think to simply make fun of something isn’t particularly interesting. I try to not just do a parody of something or belittle something or…
‘Et Tu, Babe’ was born out of my absolute certainty that a writer’s life was solitary and insular, and I was happy with that. I…
As far as what I do, my value as a writer is certainly not to try to recapitulate a 19th century form. Certain styles of…
The interesting thing about something in the back of your mind is that it can travel pretty far back in your mind.
My relationship with my readers is somewhat theatrical. One of the main things I try to do in my work is delight my readers.
I can tell from about 20 yards away when someone has a manuscript for me. I can just tell – they have that look.
I thought of myself as kind of an anarchist all my whole adult life, from the days when I was 15 or 16.
I always thought of my work as being animated by a spirit of unhinged generosity.
I don’t walk around chuckling all the time. My outlook is very bleak. It’s worse than bleak, it’s apocalyptic.
When I started, I wanted to be thought of as tortured and seductive, not funny, but humor tends to be a reflexive part of a…
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