Richard Russo – About 15 years ago I…

About 15 years ago I went though a period of a year or so when…


“About 15 years ago I went though a period of a year or so when I just couldn’t find anything good. My wife noticed I was having trouble reading menus. I bought some cheap reading glasses in a drug store. I got home and suddenly all these books that weren’t good were good.”
-Richard Russo

Richard Russo – You just kind of have…

You just kind of have faith. If that sounds kind of mystical, it’s because I…


“You just kind of have faith. If that sounds kind of mystical, it’s because I really don’t know how it works, but I trust that it does. I try to write the way I read, in order to find out what happens next.”
-Richard Russo

Richard Russo – My dad had this rock…

My dad had this rock hard body and would work 12- to 13-hour days…


“My dad had this rock hard body and would work 12- to 13-hour days. The guys he worked with were scrap-iron guys. Nobody on that road crew had read a book in 10 years, but there was something about the way they lived I really admired.”
-Richard Russo

Richard Russo – If my career continues along…

If my career continues along its current arc, people will probably look at me and…


“If my career continues along its current arc, people will probably look at me and see a writer who is obsessed with the relationship between rich and poor and with how the rich somehow or other always manage to betray the poor, even when they don’t mean to.”
-Richard Russo