"I began writing as a realist, and real life is tragic. This story is not all that tragic; though it deals with death, it celebrates some of the wild dark comedy attendant upon every tragedy, and it has a triumphant ending.
"I had been thinking about a form of fiction that would allow me to lead up to a tiny moment in a life, a point that allows us to reinterpret what we know about that life viewed from this new perspective. In a transcendental way, the father in the story literally escapes into his art, into an immortality not comprehensible by his family. The tiny moment here is in their discovery that the father is gone."