Private: Slightly less than twenty questions

Claire Zulkey interviews T. T. Coraghessan Boyle:

What did you learn at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop that made you the writer you are today? Or was it nothing, were you always the writer you are today?
The Writers’ Workshop gave me the time to become a writer (and a scholar: I worked simultaneously in the English Department on my Ph.D. in Nineteenth Century British). I learned to spend less time at Gabe & Walker’s Bar and more time at my typewriter. I learned the fanaticism of art. I learned how to see cornfields as nature. I learned that all writers are madman and madwomen and to be strenuously avoided at all cost.

What surprised me most is that Boyle posts on his website’s message boards.