"There are stories there that are about other people besides the main character, and they are 100 percent fictional. But the stories that are autobiographical, the character is a shocking and almost grotesque version of myself. It’s not really me. It certainly deals with feelings I’ve had myself, but ratcheted up to ten. If you could create a character made of all your worst insecurities and worst feelings and have someone say them out loud for you through a megaphone, that’s what Glory is. It’s not an accurate reflection of my character or how you’d find me in a conversation. And certainly, I always kept in mind that if something made me uncomfortable in myself or in a situation, that’s where I would go. I would make that more of my focus; I would make it bigger."
|Photo by Johnnie Sage, 2010|
When reflecting on "Parachute Silk," take a look back at the way Carter starts with the list, and the way that concept structures the story, and how the story moves away from it, and back to it, and how the plot unfolds around and underneath it, tension amping up and up through narrator Glory's relationship with Matthew.