What a warm, humane, and engaging discussion about writing and life and the process of a writer becoming herself. Just goes to show that philosophy and literature are two sides of the same coin.
I enjoyed this interview very much, as I am a big fan of Gaitskill's stories.
She's the greatest. No false sophistication gets in the way of her humane instinct for kindness and mercy. Suzanne Warren's interview illuminated something I'd never thought of before: writing comes from the body and not just the mind.
I've never read any of Gaitskill's work and now I want to. This interview showed her to be honest, sensitive, intelligent, and privy to the knowledge that life often "sucks." Thank you, Suzanne Warren, for introducing me to her.