April 08, 2015
This self- interview is answered by voices from the anthology Life is Short—Art is Shorter by David Shields and Elizabeth Cooperman.
How would you describe the brief selections in this book?
“ …ticks engorged like grapes” (Amy Hempel, “Weekend”)
What were you thinking about when you put this collection together?
“I was thinking about my body’s small, precise, limited, hungry movement forward…” (Wayne Koestenbaum, “My 1980s”)
You have said that Brevity personified came to you in a dream many years ago?
“His hands moved in spasms of mathematical complexity at invisible speed.” (Leonard Michaels, “In the Fifties”)