It was most important to tell my family’s story—the story of one life lost to the pandemic.
Compression calls for a unique way of creating stories that don’t always follow traditional plots and story arcs.
I thought that authors writing in a personal way about a formative work of literature was a great idea.
Wisdom is only true wisdom when it isn’t merely a reassuring echo of one’s own views.
The boy’s breadth of knowledge concerns his father. The child’s obsessions, his tape-recorder memory.
responsibility can be a restraint that gives shape to your art, but it also can be a release, enlarging perception, illuminating what had been unseen.
As I write, I follow the voice of the narrator through these moments and specifics, always paying close attention to the energy of sentences and where they lead.
I think we can borrow a lot from the semiotics and nuances of film. The tension created by the act of interpretation is a cinematic exercise.
Unlike other genres (think sonnet; think most film), [the novel] is a genre that doesn’t really know what it is and yet is committed to finding out, that is always trying to figure and break out of its own generic constraints.
I always begin my day with 20-30 minutes of freewriting.