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An interview about writing

December 9, 2008Writing the book

This is an interview I did in early October with Marrie Stone at KUCI, a public station in Irvine, Calif. I'm listening to it for the first time as I type. Some of the sentences, I notice, are eerily similar to those I pronounced last night at the Elmhurst Library here in Chicagoland.

In the second half, though, we get into the writing of the book, as a craft. (This is for a series called Writers on Writing.) This is the only interview, as far as I can recall, where I got to ramble on for a minute or two about my unpublished novel, Donkey Show. (I'm thinking, incidentally, that if the economy continues to swoon and crisis deepens in the publishing industry and the press , it might be the perfect opportunity to publish that book myself--online and for free. I'll take any and all recommendations.)

For anyone in the Chicago, by the way, I think I'll be appearing this evening on Chicago Tonight. We're taping this afternoon. (I'd better iron the shirt I stuffed into my briefcase...)

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