1. 10

    I am, it seems, interested in people with multiple identities. I think we all have multiple identities.

  2. 9

    I am one Dana when I am talking to my daughter, another when I am talking to the IRS, and another still when I do an interview. These characters are just extreme versions of ordinary human self-switching.

  3. 8

    I find poignancy in the moments when a person realizes that she has made mistakes. I am not as interested in the mistakes themselves as I am with the consequences and how the person responds to her realization.

  4. 7

    I think most writers have to have a practice of writing. For me it is very early in the morning. I try to make it a separate world from the rest of my life.

  5. 6

    My teaching exists in a different part of my brain. However, I am lucky enough to teach very smart graduate students.

  6. 5

    My teaching forces me to articulate what I think works in a piece of fiction and how I think it works. All of that gives me energy as a writer.

  7. 4

    All roads lead to Wall Street, but we feel the effects of Wall Street on every street corner. Certainly in Syracuse, N.Y., where I live.

  8. 3

    Occupy Wall Street means making Wall Street and the corporate power elite understand that the people affected by the binge of unregulated greed are not going away, and they are not going to give up.

  9. 2

    For me writing is an organic process that starts with engaging the language and then thinking about the structure of the novel as you move along. Especially in revision you start to notice correlations. Things come up, not self-consciously, because you're busy feeling your way through sentences and trying to push the language into new places.

  10. 1

    Your memories from your early childhood seem to have such purchase on your emotions. They are so concrete.

  11. Last Update: 15 August 2022

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