It appears that Time Out New York has caught up with our own lovely Jayne Anne Phillips. Apparently this month marks the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, and Jayne Anne was one of several icons interviewed on the continuing importance of this work. The parts of the interview I liked best were where she talks about using child narrators–something many of us shy away from because of the inherent difficulties. According to Jayne Anne:
The children whose point of view I’ve worked with in my own work, from certain stories in Black Tickets to the brother and sister in Machine Dreams and certainly Lark in Lark and Termite, they’re all very different children, but they’re outlaws in the way every good kid is an outlaw. They don’t jump to other’s expectations—they move through life as individuals.