I am driven by the need to understand myself further. But for me I think this means understanding more fully where I—where we all—sit within the huge, ancient and wonderful intersection of all things.
That’s partly why I wrote the novel: how do you find that solitude and how to claim it? In some ways this city is very good for us—its rhythms dictate to you, it’s testing you, it causes you to adapt, improvise, stretch. But in other ways, especially if you’re interested in reading and writing, it can be a challenge and a little deranging.