An Interview with Richard Ford
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Why do you think so many American novelists—some surprising ones, John Updike, some less so, Don DeLillo—have felt bound to confront 9/11 so directly in fiction?
They were moved by those events. It's not very complicated. In the case of DeLillo and Updike, they're both supremely accomplished writers who're unusually confident of their abilities to make a subject their own. The fact that I wouldn't do it, didn't do it, probably just means I'm not their equal on either front. Otherwise I'd have surely done it. Right?
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