Harry Crews on getting naked:"If youre gonna write, for God in heavens sake try to get naked.
. If youre gonna write fiction, you have to get right on down to it.""Harry Crews cannot refrain from storytelling.
These conversations are bed with count insights into the creative process, fresh takes on old questions, and always, Crewss stories: modern-day parables that tell us how it is to live, to work, and to hurt."--Jeff Baker, Oxford American"Harry Crews has indelible ways of approaching life and the craft of writing.
This collection shows that he elevates both to a near-religious artform."--Matthew Teague, Oxford AmericanIn 26 interviews conducted between 1972 and 1997, novelist Harry Crews tells the truth--about why and how he writes, about the literary influences on his own work, about the writers he admires (or does not), about which of his own books he likes (or does not), about his fascination with so-called freaks, and about his love of blood sports.
Crews reveals the tender side under his tough-guy image, discussing his beloved mother and his spiritual quest in a secular world.Crews also speaks frankly about his failed relationships, the role that writing played in them, and his personal struggles with alcohol and drugs and their impact on his life and work.
'Cause I got my hair cut a different way, man?
. ."You have to go to considerable trouble to live differently from the way the world wants you to live.
'Cause there aint no time; world dont want you to do that.
. ."I never wanted to be well-rounded, and I do not admire well-rounded people nor their work.
So far as I can see, nothing good in the world has ever been done by well-rounded people.
The good work is done by people with jagged, broken edges, because those edges cut things and leave an imprint, a design."Harry Crews is the author of 23 books, including The Gospel Singer, Naked in Garden Hills, This Thing Dont Lead to Heaven, Karate Is a Thing of the Spirit, Car, The Hawk Is Dying, The Gypsys Curse, A Feast of Snakes, A Childhood: The Biography of a Place, Blood and Grits, The Enthusiast, All We Need of Hell, The Knockout Artist, Body, Scar Lover, The Mulching of America, Celebration, and Florida Frenzy (UPF, 1982).Erik Bledsoe is an instructor of English and American studies at the University of Tennessee.
His 1997 interview with Harry Crews from that magazine is included in this collection.