It's also true, however, that having conquered the regional writer ghetto, I am now intent on conquering the nationalist writer ghetto and moving out into the world more.
I'm trying to make sure that there's comedy as well as sadness. It makes the sadness more memorable.
Impotence, fetishism, bisexuality, and bondage are all facts of life, and our fiction should reflect that.
I suppose I should say that I treasure blasphemy, as a faith of the highest order.
Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem.
I always wanted to write something illustrated, and the Details strip finally gave me the opportunity.
I have worked really hard to defy categorization, to break down a taxonomy whenever it comes my way.
I turned forty, and I'm finally going to get married and maybe have a kid.
The process of composition, messing around with paragraphs and trying to make really good prose, is hardwired into my personality.
My grandfather was a newspaper publisher and his paper had all the comics in NYC, so some of my earliest memories are of reading the family paper and heading straight for the comics insert.
So while it is true that I find really dark stuff funny sometimes, it's also true that as a writer of books I want to have the whole range of human emotions.
I judged about a zillion awards this year so I've been reading a lot of books that just came out.
I made this list of stuff that it's time for me to try to do.
I'm trying to read more dead people because I keep having to read stuff for juries and so forth.
The point is to balance on the edge between musicality and content.
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