Richard Ford is listing his failures. He wanted to be a lawyer in the US Marines. Didn’t work out. He wanted to be “a lawyer, period”. Didn’t work out.
He became a writer – and by any standards the Pulitzer Prize winner is a success.
Even so, he sometimes thought he was through with fiction and imagined doing other jobs. And between books, he claims to “flounce” around finding reasons not to work.
Sorry For Your Trouble is his latest book, a short story collection published by Bloomsbury.