Saturday, March 19, 2011



Whenever I want to write something new and interesting,
I pick up a story by Lydia Davis and use all the words in
my story that she didn’t use in her story. For instance,
where she uses “she” I use “Cortes.” Where she uses
“divorce” I use “rumpus” or “jumping from a rock, right
onto a stagecoach.” Sometimes people read my stories
and say, “they’re something familiar about these stories”
and I say Yes, there is, and lo, I am the mighty Spanish
conquistador who has mastered yet another race that
isn’t his, much to my shame.

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