Interview with Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami
Roland Kelts~A Public Space
RK What stunned you about Carver?
HM Nobody wrote stories like those. They went beyond common sense. I learned something from Raymond Carver about writing short stories. He always chose a simple vocabulary. He wrote straightforward stories, with a sense of humor, a crispness, and an unpredictable story line and very bleak endings. His stories are about everyday life. What he was saying by writing short stories is that you have to be intellectual when you write, but the subject matter doesn't have to be intellectual.
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The Paris Review has made their Raymond Carver Art of Fiction interview available.