Charles Baxter is the author of four short-story collections, three collections of poetry, two essay collections (Burning Down the House and The Art of Subtext), and five novels, including Saul and Patsy, The Feast of Love and, most recently, The Soul Thief. His accolades include a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants and finalist status for the 2000 National Book Award for The Feast of Love. A dedicated teacher, Baxter is the Edelstein-Keller Professor of creative writing at the University of Minnesota. 
Mar 01 2008
A Conversation with Charles Baxter
This generation takes in more information daily than my parents and grandparents ever had to. With the Internet and the screen culture, we’re all living in a period of data smog. Part of what it means to write a story now involves noticing that environment. I’m really interested in the way people do not pay attention to certain things anymore. People listen much more selectively than they once did. It’s a feature of our time that you see people walking down the sidewalk talking on the phone. That’s amazing! They’re on the phone! These things remain a feature of our lives that our grandparents would never have believed.