Paris Review Interview with John Gardner

You ever get stuck reading the Art of Fiction? Sometimes, I can’t enough. Even if I’ve read them before. Here is one I read today. John Gardner’s #73 from 1979. Enjoy.

INTERVIEWER

You have been called a “philosophical novelist.” What do you think of the label?

GARDNER

I’m not sure that being a philosophical novelist is better than being some other kind, but I guess that there’s not much doubt that, in a way at least, that’s what I am. A writer’s material is what he cares about, and I like philosophy the way some people like politics, or football games, or unidentified flying objects.

Read the full interview here.

Besides his fiction, here are two books that I really enjoyed by him:

    

The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

and

On Becoming a Novelist

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