As far as what I do, my value as a writer is certainly not to try to recapitulate a 19th century form. Certain styles of narrative don't conform to my style of experiencing the world.
My work generally tends to be an all-out, 360-degree subversive take on everything, most of all my own notion of myself as a son, father, husband, human being and male in this culture.
It's in great joy that we grasp truth.
My relationship with my readers is somewhat theatrical. One of the main things I try to do in my work is delight my readers.
People tend to know so little about their bodies as compared to their cars or their laptops, ... When I worked in a pharmacy in Washington, D.C., people would ask me medical questions all the time. I was just a 22-year-old cashier at Rite Aid.