“I used to have this little pen. It was a Yankees pen—I was a Yankees fanatic as a little boy—and I had a game I would play endlessly in my room. My right hand was the pitcher—I used it to flick a marble—and my left hand was the batter. And I would announce the whole game. Three batters an inning, both sides, it could take two hours. And I’d do this little thing at the beginning of the game where I’d talk about injuries and what to expect and how people are feeling. I’d do the whole thing myself, for my own delectation. I think these are the things that are the precursors to writing. People ask, What writers inspired you? But it happens deeper and earlier than that. The important things antecede reading. Growing up in houses where, at dinner, people are asked, Do you have any good stories? And people trade elaborate jokes back and forth. That’s the world I come from.” —Mark Leyner
Our 2013 interview with the American postmodernist author is now available in its entirety online.