Potter Interview


  1. The martini has such a casual inevitability about it. Love it.

    On the other hand, the heder should have read: “The Librarian-Poet Who Was Curated.”

    Also, who’s the editor over there at the Chowder? Ending the article so inelegantly with the attributive rather than the quote? That puts the whole conclusion to the thing in a numblingly ineffectual no-man land between zinger and clincher, being neither. Bad form. They should have given you the last word.

    I’d sue.

    Other than that, a great read and a great voyage to the Potterville at the End of the Mind.

    My own interest in writing began with a similar class I took my freshman year in high school – it was the regular boilerplate English class for the school, but our teacher, Mrs. Moroney, asked us to write a series of paragraphs – the usual five-finger exercises – descriptive, sequential, narrative, etc. By the end of it, I was in love – not with Mrs. Moroney – but with the written word.


    • Rufus McCain says

      I’m not getting what your issue is with how it ends. I like it ending with my quasi joke about going door to door (which I actually think is a great idea).

      • Yes, I did too — and that’s *exactly* my point.

        It should have ended with that story – not “Potter said.” which sounds pretty much like a fart at the end of the 7th symphony by Beethoven.

        (It’s really a minor point, in some ways – but it totally took us out of your wonderful quote instead of leaving that as the final impression in the story.)

        Anyway. I know a few good lawyers.


        No, good interview, Potter – I’m not taking anything away from you on that score. I hope you see that.



    • Potter himself says

      I’m imagining you and myself taking Mrs. Moroney and Mrs. Hue out for lunch and iced tea someday.

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