Genuine flash must be hard as diamonds, warm as poetry.
I found myself drawn to the idea of taking these big, comic book concepts and applying them to a quiet story about loss and the poison of nostalgia.
Poetry and creative nonfiction are both about associations.
The world has so many great stories, and to limit the tales based on what readers may want, instead of offering them fresh slices of life through story, is a huge mistake.
The tiniest detail is part of the bigger structure and goals for the story, always.
What was most exhilarating for me, editing this book, was “the hunt,” discovering a new author or story that took me to a fresh place.
I try to write something new at least 3 to 5 times a week, and I tell myself that it doesn’t have to be good.
Everything I write is part of a life-long continuum of work that informs each other, and if I look at something I’m working now, I’ll see its origin in something I was thinking about maybe twenty or thirty years ago.
Listening to the Beach Boys can be like sneaking a peak into a mythological, idealized version of America that probably never existed
For every 1,000 word story I filed on some aspect of the city, there were 15 pages of notes that didn’t make it into the article. From those marginal observations have sprung a lot of my fiction.