In a number of scenes in The Feast of Love, your characters made amazing self-disclosures. I don't always believe a story where characters are revealing so much, but I did here, and it really worked. How did you pull that off?
I imagined for myself a scene—let's say a bar around eleven-thirty at night, it's getting late. You know, the fans are rotating in the ceiling. Most of the people have gone and someone is sitting there, telling me things that are amazing and true. The way that an old friend may sooner or later open up to you and tell you some feature of her life that you've always suspected but waited years to hear from her. I think in stories and novels we often wait for that moment, signature statements, signature actions. David saying, "It wasn't that I hunted, I was a hunter. That was my essence. That was what I did. And in some sense it's still what I do." I think it's wonderful when characters open up themselves, because it's as if something that has been hidden has bubbled up to the surface and—because it's been hidden—it's a treasure. And you've waited to hear it.
From an interview with Charles Baxter, by Linda Swanson-Davies