EW Staff
July 18, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

5 YEARS AGO ”After [writing the movie] Smoke Signals, I was being courted by all sorts of agents and managers — being sent flowers and muffin baskets and mash notes. It’s odd for an Indian to be so beloved by white people. I felt like a Cabbage Patch doll.”

NOW ”Making a movie doesn’t hold the same sort of crazy passion that books do. I die, I fall over, and I’m depressed and miserable if I’m not writing a book. If I never made a movie again, I’d be all right. But if I didn’t write books, I’d be a shell.”

5 YEARS FROM NOW ”I’ve been playing basketball since birth, but it’s been 17 years since I dunked it. I’ve really been training hard. I don’t know if there’s an official record, but I want to create one: The Longest Time Between Dunks.”




AGE 36 CURRENT Ten Little Indians (short stories) EXPERIENCE Smoke Signals screenplay, Indian Killer (novel) NEXT A book about his war hero grandfather REFERENCES The New Yorker, which in ’99 named him one of the ”20 best young fiction writers”

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