Happy Birthday, Bobbie Ann Mason, born 1 May 1940
- I’m not very articulate. The reason I write is because I don’t talk.
- I’ve always found it difficult to start with a definite idea, but if I start with a pond that’s being drained because of a diesel fuel leak and a cow named Hortense and some blackbirds flying over and a woman in the distance waving, then I might get somewhere.
- One reason to fashion a story is to lift a grudge.
- One day I was counting the cats and I absent-mindedly counted myself.
- I like to play with words and the sounds of words – that’s extremely important to me.
- The way I see it, a clever cat prowls but calls home occasionally.
Bobbie Ann Mason is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and literary critic. She is the author of The Girl in the Blue Beret, In Country, and Shiloh and Other Stories. Her memoir, Clear Springs, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her first book of short stories, Shiloh, won the PEN/Hemingway Award.