"ZZ wrote about being in a car crash near the Arctic Circle. The vehicle was upside down in the snow (which cushioned the crash). Everything crystallized in that moment, including her will to live – saying to herself she couldn’t die because she had eight people to support. She was in a remote location in Russia because she was working as a translator. Her husband was a junky, so he was kind of useless or worse. All of this in sub-zero weather. I think she should take the title “Less Than Zero” away from Bret Easton Ellis because she has been there, whereas he had money and palm trees. She has a blood-chilling collection of stories called Iron which just came out."