Monthly Archives: July 2012

Proximate violence

After I read Alice Munro’s stunning collection, The Love of a Good Woman, I read an article that dissected the way violence turns her stories though the stories themselves rarely incorporate violence. In other words, violence is peripheral as an occurrence, and central as an … Read more

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The kiss

Years ago, sitting in a friend’s apartment, this guy who had been our coach announced that all women were the same in bed. What he was really saying, of course, is that he had one mode no matter the woman, but what we heard at … Read more

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Bloody

Freshman year I got busted for carving my name into the ledge above the kitchen sink. Vandalism, my parents called it. I scrawled my name everywhere. On the slide in the park, painted on the bus stop, cut into trees. I’d leave this base, and … Read more

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The education of Miss Jill Malone

My junior year in college, I discovered the video library at my university. I had a New Yorker subscription and I’d been making notes about movies I had to see, directors I had to study. Scarface, Mean Streets, Reservoir Dogs, French New Wave, Bonnie & … Read more

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Inundated

My coping mechanism is to inundate myself with information. After 9/11, I watched the news nonstop. It was actual news in the days immediately afterward, do you remember? News like in Ireland where the anchors give facts and interview experts and suddenly the world mattered … Read more

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Dachau

Maybe my parents shouldn’t have taken me to Dachau to tour the concentration camp and museum when I was a child. I was four or five. My brother still in a stroller. And what I saw there. What I saw. Well, I’ve spent the rest … Read more

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My interview with my wife. Not on video.

“Wanna interview me?”
“Sure. Oh, you mean, now?”
“Kinda.”
“I don’t get time to think about my questions?”
“No, you do.”
“HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK? ………….. Jill, that’s the first question.”
“Oh, we’re not interviewing on video?”
“No. You … Read more

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Allies

When you’re pregnant, people will come up to you and tell you the most horrific stories. “I came into the room, and there was my wife, sprawled on the floor, covered in blood.” Or, “My labor was at 42 hours when they decided to try … Read more

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Serious people don’t write about sex. And other lies.

Long before I realized it, I was writing about power. My novels are concerned with sex. With the complex, troubling, joyous experience of sex. With the mess. With the fuck ups of fucking. With the vulnerability.

Too often sex is portrayed in books as this … Read more

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Ye gods

I have the Kanji word “kami” tattooed on my belly. It looks like this:

KamiThe word means “spirits” and is often mistranslated as “god”. I love this symbol. I love this concept. The distance between spirits and god. Like stories, I think the universe is … Read more

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