In this time of the Internet and nonfiction, to be on an actual bookshelf in an actual bookstore is exciting in itself.
If I don't get at least one e-mail every ten minutes, I feel unloved. Even junk mail makes me feel seen. Sad, I know. Sigh.
Fiction and poetry are my first loves, but the really beautiful lyrical essay can do so much that other forms cannot.
I had amazing intellectual privilege as a kid. My mom taught me to read when I was two or three. When I was five, I read and wrote well enough to do my nine-year older brother's homework in exchange for chocolate or cigarettes. By the time I was 10, I was reading Orwell, Tolstoy's 'War and Peace,' and the Koran. I was reading comic books, too.