The first meeting with John Cheever took place in the spring of 1969 – just after his novel Bullet Park was published.
Normally Cheever leaves the country when a new book is released but this time he had not and as a result many interviewers on the East Coast were making their way to Ossining New York where the master storyteller offered them the pleasures of a day in the country—but very little conversation about his book or the art of writing.
Cheever has a reputation for being a difficult interviewee.
He does not pay attention to reviews – never rereads his books or stories once published and is often vague about their details.
He dislikes talking about his work (especially into ‘one of those machines’) because he prefers not to look where he has been but where he’s going.