Quote of the Day: Colum McCann

The following is a quote from the AWP Writer’s Chronicle (As dear blog readers can deduce, self has yet to make it out the door. It is 3:24 p.m. and hailstones are coming down. Suffice it to say: the possibility that self will make it out the door today is increasingly remote).

Self wishes she could quote from a less well-known writer, but one must take one’s quotes where one finds them. The quote is from an interview with Colum, conducted by Andrew Scott (And — ach, ach, ach! Self has just gotten hot chocolate spray on her laptop screen! Why oh why must self’s life be such an unending vale of tragedy and woe?)

Scott (interviewer): How do you define sympathy, and how do you create “sympathetic” characters?

McCann: Really, I want for my characters to be honest. That means complication. Because nothing is simple, not even simplicity.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.


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