Dostoevsky did not work this way … or did he? (One way that novels begin)

At the top of a rickety staircase, I opened a fridge door and found all the items brightly lit and beautifully organized. Some seven years later I completed the novel that came to be titled AN AMERICAN POPE. In it, the reader will not find a staircase, rickety or otherwise, nor a refrigerator never mind one whose contents are aesthetically stage-lit and arranged as had appeared in my dream. Nevertheless, this purely sleep-manufactured micro-story began the multi-year process of producing a narrative that moves between the seventeenth century and the present day as it takes the Roman Catholic Church to task using the foil of a new American pope in the role of the not quite hidden hand behind what unfolds. … More to come


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