I don't really believe in write what you know. I believe in writing what you really want to find out about.... There's a great advantage in ignorance .... There's something about meeting a total stranger and having them say something remarkable that just lights up your world, and suddenly all these things are connected by something this stranger in an interview says to you. It's like all the tumblers are clicking into place, and it's unlocking something exciting and important.
"These essays are the work of an observer. You are reading the natural-historical memoirs of someone who makes a religous habit of noticing things ... Writers who pay attention like that can help us see the world more clearly."
John Jeremiah Sullivan
Essays from Our State Magazine