The idea that these higher order functions grow out of us as emotions, as feelings, is really sort of a beautiful thing. That curiosity could be as emotive as exhuberance or joy.
At the heart of those stories [I write] is a fundamental question, Do the people who I think of as the most deeply related to me, do I fundamentally understand them and to they understand me, you know. And that is at the heart of so many stories.
I don't think we often honor the journey that immigrants take to America with traits that are positive, right? We tend to honor the desperation and the difficulty, but we don't often ascribe the kind of positive agency that is authentic to their experience.
The fundamental experiences we have when we little are the same experiences that drive us when we are older.
I'm interested in the idea that somehow we've convinced ourselves that the best way to answer questions is to think our way through them rather than to feel our way through them, to physically engage our way through them.
If you have questions about who you are, you will find out the answers to those questions in the last minute of a fight...you can't lie to yourself about who you are in the last minute of a fight.