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Julie went ahead and posted the link for Edith Pearlman’s website as a whole, but I felt her commentary on where she get’s the inspiration for her pieces should stand alone, as it’s really quite good.

At readings I welcome the inevitable question: where do you get your ideas? My ideas come from musings, from observation, from memory; from reading, from travel, from movies, from anecdotes heard or overheard, faces on the subway and rooms seen through a window. They are invented and borrowed and stolen. Some particular interests of mine are inter-species liaisons; asexuals, who get scanted by writers; and accommodation – to circumstances, to personal limitations, to the claims of family, to place.

I am slow. A sentence often takes an hour to compose before I throw it out. What can you do?

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