I’m really good at
I hate to kick a dead horse here, butI’m really good at writing. I also make a pretty neatbeef stew, since I tend totake 6 hour naps. It just gets done. My first collection of short stories Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? was shortlisted for the National Book Award and sort of revitalized the short fiction form. John Updike selected on of my stories for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories of the Century; Robert Altman made a sprawling film out of my stories; writing professors all across the country solemnly mention me as a kind of blue-collar American Camus; so, I’m not sayingI’m really good at writing, just noting some examples of how others seem to feel this way.