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The Gospel According to Pinkwater 

Last Updated: 08/07/2013 6:03 pm

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Of his writing process, he claims, “I don’t know what I’m doing. My books are all flawed. I don’t outline, I don’t rewrite, and I don’t allow editing. I hand it in, it goes to the copy editor, and God have mercy on all our souls.” He finds picture books hardest, noting that while novels permit digression, “A picture book is just like a poem. Every syllable has to make sense or the whole thing collapses.” He creates stories for children by writing “something that would have delighted me at that age.”

Asked about his books’ tendency to levitate into fantasy realms, he says, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I just see myself as a reporter of the everyday,” adding that a friend once called him “a weird magnet.”

“A unique magnet,” Jill corrects. Daniel Pinkwater shrugs, unimpressed. “Everyone has the same life, they just don’t notice it.”

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