The Story Prize Reading and Awards, March 2014

“One of the things [the stories in Archangel] seemed to to me to have in common was that sense [of] the great passion and love we can have for a theory that will turn out to be completely wrong – we can’t know that when we’re working on something, we love a wrong theory the way we love a right theory; it’s history that makes that judgment. But the people who have spent their whole life working so hard on something that turned out not to turn out well, that’s a difficult path.”

The Drexel Interview, 2007, Part I

“It turns out to be a working scientist you need a whole other set of skills that I was really unaware of – you need to be able to make hypotheses, you need to be able to look at the world and be able to ask questions about it that are answerable. I look at the world and ask questions about it that aren’t answerable (laughs). And that’s not science, it’s metaphysics – or it’s fiction. It actually has to do with writing, but it took me a very long time to understand that.”

The Drexel Interview, 2007, Part II

“My mother told me this story that really did start a section of [The Air We Breathe] in some way – when she used to go visit her mother [at a sanatorium], I think she was about eight then, and had a younger brother, and children weren’t allowed to visit inside the sanatoria, because it wasn’t healthy for them – so for a year, the way she saw her mother – her father would drive her to the parking lot and stand her and her brother up on the hood of the car, and her mother would come out on the porch, and they would wave at their mother on the porch.”