|me & Sherman Alexie in Las Vegas (2012 NCTE)|
It reminds me of Robert Pinsky's Favorite Poem Project, of which I have long been a fan, and after which we model our own My Favorite Poem event here in Birmingham every year.
Alexie reveals the poem and talks about his literary life, and he also says something that really resonates with me (and apparently with the editors of The Atlantic, because they use the quote as a pull-out):
"I think every writer stands in the doorway of their prison. Half in, half out. " - Sherman Alexie
Alexie's prison is his culture, his upbringing.
I know what mine is.