See you in Spain

I really enjoy writing novels. It’s like the ocean. You can just build a boat and take off. I can’t understand why anybody would criticize anything that ends up being a novel because you’ve arrived to the other shore, you’ve made it alive. Maybe you started off for Africa and ended up in Spain, but so what?

– Denis Johnson, in an interview with the San Francisco Reader

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I saw him speak at the Mercantile Library on Wed night. Despite the seriousness of his books, he was very funny and charming. To tell you the truth, after listening to and watching him for an hour, I felt a greater understanding for why women (supposedly) used to go nuts over famous writers. There’s a definite appeal to men who are talented, confident, witty, and don’t bullshit.


  1. A writer who doesn’t bullshit?

    • Twenty Four At Heart’s recent blog post: Zippity-Doo-Dah!

  2. Kristan says:

    LOL touché… I guess his was genuine bullshit? Hahaha!

  3. Pseudo says:

    Yes. I think I wish I had Wonder Boys to watch tonight…

    • Pseudo’s recent blog post: Noblesse Oblige

  4. Thomas says:

    So you are from Houston? I am from Houston too.

    • Thomas’s recent blog post: The Thomas Terence Charity Phở Run is No More

  5. RTW says:

    Great metaphor. Yay for traveling the world! Now if I only had the time to do it in person…

    • RTW’s recent blog post: Beginning at the End

  6. Kristan says:

    Yep, Houston born and raised! What a great coincidence.

  7. Angie says:

    I saw Denis Johnson at the Flair Symposium with Amy Tan!

    • Angie’s recent blog post: Now this is what I call a bathroom

  8. Kristan says:

    Oh seriously? What a cool coincidence. What did he talk about?

  9. Angie says:

    I don’t remember, haha. But my notes are in the moleskine I gave you!

    • Angie’s recent blog post: What the eyes don’t see, the heart does grieve over

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