On the notion that if our moment in time were a story, nobody would believe a word of it.
Every single time I start a new story, I'm starting from scratch in more ways than one.
It's hard to do your own thing, and for good reasons.
I've long been wary of using fiction as a system of polemic, not because I don't care about the world we live in but because such things typically make for bad fiction
Stories aren't about happy or sad endings. They're about making sense of what happens.
When does a story's logic hold fast, and when does it break?
On the fictions of the "true story" style of moviemaking.
On The Minnie Effect in fiction.
The overwhelming majority of what I'm genuinely curious about reading has been nonfiction. I hate that.
If written fiction's becoming nothing but a prelude to adaptation, what's that mean for written fiction itself?
On why books need to be written to be books, not film pitches-to-be.
What storytelling can do that a straight rundown of facts can't.
Given my interest in Zen, am I writing "Buddhist fiction"? I'm dubious.
Does reading make us more empathic, or do more empathic people just make better readers?
Don't think good and evil; think why and how.
On time travel and our urge to get away from it all.
How laying the ground rules for my new book almost ground me down.
On being Trumped.
"When any image is possible, no image is all that impressive anymore."
On the Fiction of Resignation.
Young-adult fiction and the classics, once again.
Are you your characters? And should you apologize for them?
It's the end of the world as we know it, yet again.
Why adult fiction doesn't speak to adults anymore.
We'd sooner sell another version of the old than dream up something truly new -- and maybe it's marketing that's the culprit.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind