A draft page from Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams. It’s been my desktop background for months, to remind me that it all starts here, with words scribbled on a page.
“You see so many people, in film and writing both, who posit their career at the outset—“I’m this kind of artist”—and then live inside the stiffening armor of that proposition for the rest of their career.”—Jonathan Lethem, from an interview with Noah Baumbach at Bomb Magazine
My first published story, “If, Minnesota,” is up over at Terrain.org as part of their Migration issue. Let this story stand as evidence of the existence of the town of If. The town has a sign now, notable for the absence of any attempt to number the population. As Queequeg said in Moby Dick, “It is not down on any map; true places never are.”