Kevin Brockmeier, “A Chronological List of Statements People Made to Me at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 1995-1997”

~ For me it’s the opposite. You feel like a little kid, I feel like an old woman.

~ I really like your last paragraph. Why don’t you take that idea and use it to write a story?

~ “Half of Rumpelstiltskin”’s kind of a mouthful, isn’t it? Maybe after you introduce him, you can just call him “Rumpelstiltskin.”

~ To me you look like a person who can’t get enough Heidegger.

~ I’ll say this much — you know how to eff the ineffable.

~ The question is whether or not we’re dealing with an unreliable narrator here, and [turning to look me in the eyes] that is important….

Kevin Brockmeier, from "A Chronological List of Statements People Made to Me at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 1995-1997," in the Los Angeles Review of Books

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