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7/10/1931 - (Present)
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The complexity of things - the things within things - just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.

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Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories - and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories.

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That's something I think is growing on me as I get older: happy endings.

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Sometimes I get the start of a story from a memory, an anecdote, but that gets lost and is usually unrecognizable in the final story.

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The deep, personal material of the latter half of your life is your children. You can write about your parents when they're gone, but your children are still going to be here, and you're going to want them to come and visit you in the nursing home.

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The stories are not autobiographical, but they're personal in that way. I seem to know only the things that I've learned. Probably some things through observation, but what I feel I know surely is personal.

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When I'm doing the first draft, I have a so-much-a-day schedule. But when I start putting it on the computer I can get carried away, and I try to go as far as I can every day, as if I were going to die in the night or something.

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Sometimes I read one of my stories, maybe one that I wrote thirty years ago, and I think, Now I'd go and do it differently. Or I think I would just alter a phrase that seems to me a little too polished or too sharp or too smart-aleck or something. Or too ironic. Irony was so big then that it got under your skin and you sort of didn't recognize it.

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The Love of a Good Women.

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I'm sorry I'm not able to be here. It is this attention of yours that has helped me to flourish for the past couple of decades, as an unapologetic writer of short fiction.

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