Philip Roth wants us to shoot our writing selves in the head and Elizabeth Gilbert wants us to paint rainbows on our writing cheeks and they are both so right and full of shit. I think that I do not want to hear myself thinking about what I like least (or most) about writing. I think that hold on here is a word and here is another, some consciousness has them in itself, arrange(s) them newly and away we
—Roy Kesey’s latest book is the short story collection Any Deadly Thing. His novel Pacazo was selected for The Rumpus Book Club and his story collection All Over was a finalist for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award and one of The L Magazine’s Best Books of the Decade. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies including Best American Short Stories.