Interview with Tobias Wolff

Robert Birnbaum interviews Tobias Wolff (one of my favorite writers) for The Morning News. Among the topics he covers are the difficulties of making a living on short story collections, the state of the publishing industry, and the impact of megabookstores.

I loved reading short stories in creative writing classes in college because they were so finely crafted and perfect, and it's a sentiment Wolff echoes here:

Somebody once described the novel as a prose narrative of a certain length that has something wrong with it. I can think of a few novels that seem to have nothing wrong with them at all, but I can think of a lot more short stories that seem to me to be perfect. Carver’s “Cathedral