- She’s funny. Which wasn’t wholly unexpected because her stories are funny. But it was reassuring. She was so funny that my nephew Max, who is going to be 11 in a few weeks, laughed. A lot. And it wasn’t because she was talking about butts and/or farting.
- She loves Alice Munro. Really, really, really, really loves Alice Munro. And the fact that she said she loves Alice Munro caused Dale, my Loft teacher, to come up to me after the reading and rub my nose in the fact that I do not like Alice Munro.
- She started her reading by telling us what fiction is not. It is not an article, a piece, a something else I can’t remember, and that other thing it is not. She said, “Fiction is a waking dream made of words.”
- She also said this about the difference between writing a novel and writing short stories, “When I write short stories I can’t wait to be done. I never want to see these characters again, I lost all respect for them.”
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