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My work has sometimes been criticized for rambling, for a certain je ne sais quoi of nonlinearity, for structure sometimes buried a bit deep. But often as not this criticism has been leveled precisely at the parts of a book that I had most carefully constructed to be just so. I am striving for a totality of story, made up of shifts and slips of tone and mood as much as events and plot. Whether this is for better or worse I leave to my own readers, taking comfort in a few words of Jean Cocteau – “Note just what it is about your work that critics don’t like – then cultivate it.”

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Reading Joy Williams 

Four Saturday mornings, 10 to 1

March 11, 18, 25, April 1

Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark

The fee is $60. Scholarships are available. Each group is limited to 15. To register, email info@soapstone.orgWe welcome readers and writers of all levels of familiarity with the work.

 

RECENT WORK:

“The Buffet,” an essay in What’s Wrong With Mindfulness (And What Isn’t), edited by Robert Rosenbaum and Barry Magid (Simon and Schuster, Oct. 2016)

Violation: Collected Essayspublished April 1 by Hawthorne Books; you can buy online from Powell’s: http://www.powells.com/book/violation-9780990437086/18-0

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