” My life in the town I grew up in was much quieter than ‘The End of Vandalism.’ Part of the reason I think I wrote it was because it was too damn quiet when I was young, and I wanted people to come out and talk. And they do. There’s so much dialogue in ‘The End of Vandalism. “


” I think, most of us, when we look back over our lives, see perhaps moments when everything was dangerous and precarious. We’re making all these mistakes, and yet somehow we make it through. It’s the making it through that that interests me. To go through the valley of trouble and come out the other side. That’s what we all have to do. “


” My dad read, I think, the Perry Mason mysteries and Zane Grey and some humor compendiums… And then at one point, the bookmobile started coming to town. That was really cool. I mean, that was when I read my first Raymond Carver story. I think that was probably 1969 or so. I must have been 13. “


” I think the book that really kind of woke me up a little bit when I was starting to write was ‘Winesburg, Ohio’ by Sherwood Anderson. I was in grad school at Brown, going for an M.A. in creative writing. Those stories seemed to me to be doing away with pretty writing. “


” I don’t really think in terms of making something that is going to be bought everywhere, because I don’t read those things. My writing is a process in which I try my best to make good sentences and a sequence of events that is compelling and believable. “


” I don’t think of my characters as bumbling. I think that trouble is what drives a novel, both big troubles and small troubles, and whatever people try to do in life, there are a series of stumbling-blocks in the way, and I think that makes for interesting reading. I think of them as doing their best with the roadblocks that they’re given. “


” I do get very involved in making a scene work without giving too much thought about how it affects the overall, which I think is hard to know in any case. “



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My dad read, I think, the Perry Mason mysteries and Zane Grey and some humor compendiums... And then at one point, the bookmobile started coming to town. That was really cool. I mean, that was when I read my first Raymond Carver story. I think that was probably 1969 or so. I must have been 13.
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I do get very involved in making a scene work without giving too much thought about how it affects the overall, which I think is hard to know in any case.
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