Patrick Soran

Writer, Denver

Prized possessions: Since my husband and two dogs aren’t possessions, I would have to say my neoclassical console table built in Italy around 1850 (that I love more than I ought to), a pair of wood carvings of Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris that I bought in a shop on the banks of the Nile, and the little plaque I got in ninth grade for Best Creative Writing. What books have impacted you the most? First, William Zinsser’s On Writing Well. The author recommends that a writer get to the point, tell the story and then run to the nearest door. Right now, though, I’m obsessed with the symbolism of diamonds and radio signals in Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. If not a writer, what you would be? A flaneur is a person who does nothing much but walk around hither and yon and enjoy what he sees. I’d flaneur in Paris, Manhattan and San Francisco, thank you very much. Then I’d have lunch.