J- Describe your latest project.
C- The same as yours--Prisoner's Dilemma, book of my poems with your drawings.
J- How's that going?
C-My poems have been edited, and your pictures are up for discussion next.
J- Don't want to think about that. Describe the best dinner you ever had.
C- The chocolate bombe you made me for my birthday that time.
J- That was cake, not dinner. What about the filet mignon and potatoes roasted with garlic, nutmeg and lemon that came before that?
C- Good, too.
J -Recommend a book that you didn’t write.
C- Flytrap, by Janet Snell.
J -You’re impossible. What fictional character would you like to date?
C- Your brother-in-law won’t let me date.
J- Describe your perfect day.
C- As Elizabeth Hardwick famously said, “Waking up, the first and the last privilege, waking up once more.”
J- Why do you write what you write?
C- To make sense of my world. To paraphrase Faulkner, “I never know what I think about something until I’ve written on it.”
J -What’s your favorite reaction from a reader?
C- When I bring them to tears, like that newcaster always does.
J- Are writers better liars than other people?
C -Yes. Other people add too many examples, and they’re always the wrong ones.
J -What’s your favorite family story?
C- When you finally started speaking, in full sentences, when you first laid eyes on our beagle.
J - Name a non-writing artist who inspires you.
C- That would be you, dear.