This modern electronic world offers a story’s author to not only write the story, but to provide a gloss on it. Deborah, who was charmingly modest when she addressed the Yale Writing Conference this year, has posted a blog along with Tobias Wolff’s short story in this week’s New Yorker. Here’s an excerpt and a link to the interview, where she quizzes him on ”All Ahead of Them,” which is on page 74 of the July 8 & 15, 2013 magazine.
You chose to position the story at an early stage in the relationship. Thomas and Arden are newlyweds, with their marriage “all ahead of them,” as the title indicates. Why plant the revelation at this particular moment in time?
Dramatically, I can’t imagine a better time—fresh from the idealized, heightened promise of marriage expressed in a fancy wedding. Now comes the real moment of marriage: dedicating oneself to a partnership of fallen beings, “for better or for worse,” in full sight of the worse. And odd as it may seem to others, though not to me, the melting away of the idealized version of marriage, and of his wife, is exciting to Thomas. He likes a bit of vice in his wife. He is now able to see her as a woman, not an angel. And he enjoys the power conferred by his knowledge of her faults. He finds it arousing.
Read the entire interview at: http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/07/this-week-in-fiction-tobias-wolff.html
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