Age can give a writer new strength, freedom, and, with any luck, compassion.
I subscribe to the notion that a poem should ask difficult questions, whether or not it can answer them.
I thought that authors writing in a personal way about a formative work of literature was a great idea.
I’m just writing about these ideas, these characters, and my lack of a clear moral directive became the subject as much as the animals, the crime and the humor are the subject.
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.
The biggest challenge for me was trying to pull all those various threads back together again in a way that seemed more or less realistic and also satisfying.
Stories are always about trouble.
Anyone who has read and thought about language knows that we are approximating things even when we try and describe it precisely.
I asked myself why museums are never in close proximity to dollar stores.
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.