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Gass with Stanley Elkin. Courtesy of Catherine Gass.

William H. Gass: Interviewed by Thomas LeClair — with John Gardner, 1979

Published in The New Republic, 1979, as “William Gass and John Gardner: A Debate on Fiction”

Stephen Schenkenberg
May 4, 2014 · 19 min read

“I suspect, John, that you want not things that will be loved but things that will be promiscuous. If you had a daughter to send into the world, would you want everybody to love her?”

“Substance is more interesting than most of my friends.”


The Ear’s Mouth Must Move — Essential Interviews of William H. Gass

Edited by Stephen Schenkenberg, 2014 | Cover photographs by…

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