Posted on April 6, 2015
"I like to spread myself out, I like to describe people and rooms and plot. I don’t like to write novels about gray people floating through the mall and you can only decipher who they are through the brand of their tennis shoes. I don’t care to write that sort of thing. That’s the fad now. When I was in college at Chapel Hill, the fad was you had to write a story about an old granny sitting on the porch remembering the past and everybody wrote this kind of story..."
This conversation between Gail Godwin and John Irving, part of a collaboration between 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center and The Paris Review
, was recorded live at 92Y on April 4, 1986. We are able to share this recording thanks to a generous gift in memory of Christopher Lightfoot Walker, longtime friend of the Poetry Center and The Paris Review
. An interview with Godwin has not yet appeared in The Review
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