Like many of us, Richard Bausch is a worrier. In an interview he said, “In every
circumstance, all my life, my mind shows me the possible bad outcome: someone walks down steps, and before I can do anything to head the image off, I see a fall, a catastrophe.” Many of his characters believe that there is a strong chance that they are doomed. What I love about these stories is that you don’t know what will tip the scales. He says that his most successful stories surprise him. They astonish me, which is why they’re a great pleasure to reread.
Richard Bausch, Spirits and Other Stories (New York: The Linden Press / Simon and Schuster, 1987) 233.