Jonathan Evison

Literary Birthday – 27 September – Jonathan Evison

Happy Birthday, Jonathan Evison, born 27 September 1968.


  1. Limited points of view let the writer dispense – and the reader gather – information from various corners of the story. It all becomes a kind of dance, with the writer guiding the reader through the various twists and turns. The challenge is keeping readers in step, while still managing to surprise.
  2. Reading is, at its best, not an escape; it is genuine experience. A novel is not a monologue, but a conversation, a collaboration between writer and reader, an invaluable exchange of human conditions.
  3. I usually write in my underwear, with a space heater running full blast, and three dogs sleeping at me feet.
  4. I love being a struggling artist; it makes me feel very alive.
  5. But once you publish a book, doesn’t it by definition become the realm of public discourse? Otherwise, wouldn’t we just write books and print them out ourselves, and give them to specific people we felt comfortable giving them to–like gifts? Isn’t publishing sort of a social contract?
  6. I know I’ve lost my mind. But I’m not concerned, because it’s the first thing I’ve lost in a long time that actually feels good.
  7. Listen to me: everything you think you know, every relationship you’ve ever taken for granted, every plan or possibility you’ve ever hatched, every conceit or endeavour you’ve ever concocted, can be stripped from you in an instant. Sooner or later, it will happen. So prepare yourself. Be ready not to be ready. Be ready to be brought to your knees and beaten to dust. Because no stable foundation, no act of will, no force of cautious habit will save you from this fact: nothing is indestructible.

Jonathan Evison is an American Author. He wrote the New York Times Bestselling books All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, and Lawn Boy. His third novel was adapted into a feature film, The Fundamentals Of Caring.


Photograph created by Keith Brofsky.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 26th September 2020