…at the Brooklyn Rail.
Also, see this fine interview at the Killings blog:
You write stories that vaporise narratives and characters. You were a lecturer at Bard College, Syracuse University and the Centre for Fiction in New York. What principles of storytelling, of character and narrative, did you teach your students?
D.W.: Principles for the writing of prose fiction – hmmm. Language is the performative medium. We compose using sound and meaning. We explore how to create drama by way of well-made sentences. In class, we examine what tactics are necessary to support the implicit request: Please listen to this!
We conjure an ideal text – one that may have the chance to perdure. We assess the relative significance and complexity of the subject – the architecture of the sentences – their musical properties. Our ambition is nothing less than the deep opening and the revelation of the human heart. This is not a report on such an event – this is the event.
(Interview conducted by A.S. Patric.)