1. Do you have a favorite author?
Always a tough one. Currently, Francine Prose. In the past, Frank Conroy, Tom Grimes, Larry McMurtry, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway.
2. Have you read everything he or she has written?
No. So much of it, as far as I know, is uncollected, especially her journalism. So far, I’ve read A Changed Man, Blue Angel, Reading Like a Writer, and Guided Tours of Hells. I’m looking forward to reading Bigfoot Dreams.
3. Did you LIKE everything?
Everything I’ve read, I’ve liked. I especially liked her essays on reading and literature. Her views on reading really mesh with mine. My two favorite books so far are Guided Tours of Hell and Reading Like a Writer.
4. How about a least favorite author?
5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t?
William Gaddis. I actually liked A Frolic of His Own, but The Recognitions — I just can’t read it.