Sep 01 1988
An Interview with Barry Lopez
I wanted to write, but I never thought that I could make my living that way, so like everybody else in that position, I decided to go to graduate school. I didn’t know what else to do. I finished a Master’s degree, and I was very briefly in an MFA program. I never thought of myself in terms of having an occupation as a writer until I filled out my 1040 in April, where I put that down. I just did what I thought of as “my work”. I traveled and paid attention, and I tried to express what I saw clearly in language that I thought would leave me, personally on the periphery. I would remind myself that if I lost a sense of naivete I’d lose the frame of mind the reader needs, which is to start with you from scratch.