Sunday, December 13, 2009
small press spotlight: daniel nester
I don’t think it’s a fault to be too honest in one’s work...I would suggest that what we’re talking about here is the artifice, the intended effect of the writing, of being honest to a fault. But I should point out that of course there are things I didn’t include in the book, things I think are too personal or too hurtful and can’t be transformed into something on the page. I’m not interested in being vulgar for the sake of it. I think there’s a liberation and power of confessing one’s sins and foibles in a public way; the key is to make it interesting and artful.