June 19, 2009
At 62, [Gifford is] merely warming up in his much-honored literary career.
“The main thing to maintain is your curiosity,” he said. “If you stay curious, you stay alive. If you can remain an optimist, that’s even better. And I am, definitely.”
He knows famous writers who “hate to write, but I’ve never thought of writing as a job. I still kind of sneak up on it, and it’s always kind of amazing to me to think I was able to do this.”
The rest of the article is available at the Contra Costa Times site—and for more on the strange life and imagination of Barry Gifford, take a look at the semi-autobiographical Memories from a Sinking Ship, winner of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation Award for Fiction, and the Sailor & Lula capstone Imagination of the Heart.