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Mostly we’re motivated to control ourselves in public. Mostly. At home the motivation is much less clear. At home there’s a bit of a lab…
When I started writing at 18 or 19, I had a fear of anything autobiographical, but I’ve come to realise that my writing is very…
It’s lonely to listen to the pleasure of others, not that I’ve made a habit of that kind of eavesdropping. There’s joy and passion in…
In some sense, prose fiction is just a way of unlocking a space. If I can unlock the space, it comes out and it’s vivid,…
I’m interested in the hope we invest in science, and the disappointment we can feel when science flattens, or ‘explains,’ the larger mysteries of religion.
I’m an enormous fan of Thomas Bernhard’s books, and I like the relentless feeling in his work – the pursuit of darkness, the negative –…
I work, and then I leave the office, and I’m with my kids and just sort of enjoy them on a visceral level, and I…
I work a lot in the summers. My family goes to Maine, where we have a little house. My wife’s a writer, too, and we…
I’m attracted to how fraught the parent-child relationship is, swerving so easily between love and hostility, with almost no plausible way to end, unless someone…
My parents showed me by example that they could balance their work and family lives.
My first book, ‘The Age of Wire and String,’ came out in 1995, and it was hardly reviewed at all.
My goal, with whatever I’m working on, is to lose track of time.
Judaism to me, as badly as I practiced it, what I’ve always loved about it was its total embrace of complexity, its admission of unknowability.
I love the way dates in a text make us think that truth will follow.
It amazes me that parents are allowed to raise kids. There’s so much power and often very little accountability.
I like big doses of grief when I read: Richard Yates, Flannery O’Connor, Kenzabaro Oe, Thomas Bernhard.
Fiction becomes a place where I face certain fears such as losing language or losing my children.
Among other things, autoimmune disorders are an induction into a world of unstable information and no reliable expertise.
The common, the quotidian, is so much more unyielding to me, really stubborn and hard to work with, and I like this because it makes…
In certain strains of Judaism, there’s a profound passion for the ineffable. Contemplation of God is meant to be forever elusive, because, you know, our…
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