On his days in the US Navy: "Imagine 4,000 men, ages 18 to 23... floating around in the South China sea for 35 days... the mischief and the energy and the volatility and the testosterone and the erotic swill." (Salon interview administered by Dwight Garner, December 1997).
University: Sarah Lawrence College
University: MFA, University of Iowa (1974)
Professor: Fiction Writing, Sarah Lawrence College (1978-86)
Author of books:
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1989, novel)
White People (1991, short stories)
Plays Well with Others (1997, novel)
The Practical Heart (2001, novellas)
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