The first excerpts from A Manner of Being have started to appear. Check out George Saunders’ “My Writing Education” in The New Yorker‘s Page-Turner and Padgett Powell on Donald Barthelme in Tin House‘s The Open Bar.
I don’t ask people about socialism, I ask about love, jealousy, childhood, old age. Music, dances, hairstyles. The myriad sundry details of a vanished way of life. This is the only way to chase the catastrophe into the framework of the mundane and attempt to tell a story.