Writer Joyce Carol Oates at home – Profiles – The New Yorker



I can basically write almost all day long with interruptions it's not really that I sit down to write as if it were some extraordinary act you know it's basically what I do I'm Joyce Carol Oates I'm a writer and professor as a break I'm really kind of a formulas I'm interested in various kinds of forums I'm interested in language and structure and when I think of a story I think of the appropriate or the ideal language in which the Kassadin I've lived in this house with my husband Charlie grows and for about five years and this house is about four miles from Princeton I write every day and I'd like to get writing as soon as soon as I can sometimes even before seven o'clock my studies up there and it's very quiet then I look out the window at the garden and I have a cat who usually comes in with me and ones for breakfast actually so then I start writing and if I'm doing something as I'm doing now which is revision it's just very exciting and very relaxing to be it's thrilling to be writing if I'm not reading a short story or a novel I would then be writing an essay or a book review or I could be doing Twitter I now do Twitter the only time I really feel that I can get away from the physical act of writing is when I'm running and walking because then I can I can think about the writing from another perspective there are probably questions of my career I only answer if people ask me you know I have the faintest idea what my royalties are I mean I'm the faintest idea how many copies a book sell soul or how many books that I've written I could look these things up I have no interest in it you know I don't have I don't how much money I hear a lot of things that I just don't care about anything that I encounter in the world is never as interesting as a novel you know like what you find out there is never as exciting as your own is your own creation I feel very transparent to myself I'm more like an observer I'm interested in what's going on I'm not sure that I really have a personality some people think I do have a personality I know my husband thinks that I have a personality when I'm with him or a personality when I was some people but when I'm not with them I don't have that personality I just go back to like a transparent glass of water you

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