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You can't teach writing—I think writing courses and MA degrees are procrastination techniques

By Prospect Team   July 2020

What is the first news event you can recall?

The JFK assassination in November 1963. I had just turned nine. I was watching Take Your Pick! with Michael Miles, and there was a newsflash in part one saying he had been shot, and a second newsflash in part two saying he was dead. My parents were moderately anti-American and hysterically anti-Catholic, but even so were still very upset.

What is your most embarrassing moment as a writer?

I had an awkward moment on the radio…

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