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.”



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.



“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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