” With short stories, you can always see the whole, but it’s just so hard to get everything you want into that small form. “


” Writing a short story is like painting a picture on the head of a pin. And just getting everything to fit is – sometimes seems impossible. Writing a novel, though, is – has its own challenges of scope. And I think of that as painting a mural, where the challenge is that if you are close enough to work on it, you’re too close to see the whole thing. “


” My sister’s a musician. Everyone else in our family, it’s either academics or artists of one kind or another. And those are the people that I think I like to hang out with, too. I think, you know, they’re always interesting, they lead interesting lives, and I think they’re important for everyone to read about because everyone is an artist in a way. “


” In a short story, you can use someone – we’re only going to be with that person for maybe 10 pages, and they can have sort of a one note personality. And in a novel, you need to have arrows pointing more than one direction for that person. “


” I’ve only cried at one book, but I’m too embarrassed to tell you which. It wasn’t terribly intellectual. I will admit, though, to crying when I’ve read books aloud to my elementary class. We read a biography of Gandhi once, and it was very difficult to read the part where Gandhi was killed, because they were waiting for a happy ending. “


” When you talk to an author – to any artist, really – you learn something about how they do what they do. I’ve never come away from that kind of experience feeling disillusioned, as if the magician had explained his tricks. I always find a greater appreciation for the form. “



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