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Your style of writing could be compared to a Ken Burns film, the way he reveals history through individuals. Given the amount of research involved in your writing, the end result could be history, except you write fiction. Why?
Fiction can approach a subject with dreamlike qualities that are perhaps not available to the historian. Writing fiction is potentially transportive, intuitive, even mystical. It is interested in the common human experience as expressed in something imagined and very specific.
You recently received a Guggenheim grant and you are working of the screenplay for Eat the Document. What else occupies you?
I’m working on my new novel.