My friend Caroline posted this today:
Well, if all the stories in the world were Say Anything. . ., X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga, or King Lear, I wouldn’t complain too much. That was a spur of the moment set of associations, but as I tried to improve on the idea — to come up with a more appropriate set of stories — I really couldn’t. [...] What I mean when I talk about my three stories is that I feel about them the way I feel about the song “Badlands” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. I don’t know if I can say that’s my favorite song, and I certainly wouldn’t try to argue it’s the best song I’ve ever heard, even by my own idiosyncratic standards of music …. But there’s not a single thing I can think of that I want a song to do that isn’t in “Badlands”. [...] I’m curious, then: What are your three stories? Or one or two, whatever — those things that are constantly coming up, as a palimpsest, maybe, or some kind of reflecting surface that new stories always seem to intermingle with?
So, my three stories.