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Very seldom in my fiction have I directly used the stories people have told me. I think ripping off people’s lives in fiction is dangerous.…
The further away we got from 9/11, the more I wanted to find some way to recover. I wanted to talk about the more anonymous…
Part of me really wants to believe that hope is entirely available to all of us. We don’t have to embrace it. It would be…
‘Let the Great World Spin’ at the end talks a lot about connections and light and possibility and the fact that the world doesn’t end.…
It’s not very fashionable, but I love life, and I believe that things disappear and reappear and nothing ever solidifies, no matter how middle-class, housebroken,…
In a certain way, novelists become unacknowledged historians, because we talk about small, tiny, little anonymous moments that won’t necessarily make it into the history…
If you’re a writer, you know there are ways in which we don’t know what we’re doing at all. We’re working out mysteries in a…
I’d been involved in journalism for a long time – my dad’s a journalist, he’s written many books, and when I was twelve years old…
Increasingly I think of myself as some strange and solitary conductor, introduced to a group of very dynamic musicians who happen to be my characters,…
I have a wardrobe full of scarves now, just about every color under the sun. My trick is that I always cut them in two,…
I don’t believe a poet has a better hold on truth or morality than a fiction writer has. And I don’t think a fiction writer…
The short story is an imploding universe. It has all the boil of energy inside it. A novel has shrapnel going all over the place.…
I’m very boring, really: I live on the Upper East Side, a block from the park. I have three kids. I go for a jog…
I mean, every novel’s a historical novel anyway. But calling something a historical novel seems to put mittens on it, right? It puts manners on…
The job of the writer is to look at where he is now and make some sort of emotional sense of it, not only for…
The best writers attempt to become alternative historians.
I’m much more interested in allowing a story to happen, and people find whatever meaning is in there.
My wardrobe is drab. I could spend six weeks in the same jeans. Most everything I have is blue or black, but certainly not cool.
I write articles, and I do profiles of members of organizations and associations.
I write about what I know; and I write about things that are new to me, and that I didn’t know before.
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