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Vollmann, William T. (b. 1959) Metafictional novelist and near-suicidal journalist. Vollman's prodigious body of work explores the harrowing lives of the world's underclasses. To write his fiction, Vollman immerses himself in his subjects' lives; he has lived among prostitutes and street people--smoking crack, having unprotected sex and getting
I was born in Los Angeles. My dad was a graduate student there, and we didn't have a lot of money. We lived in this slum neighborhood. There were these reconditioned army barracks that got really, really hot in the summertime. There wasn't any air conditioning or anything. It was called Veteran's housing. It was in Westwood. I think a freeway has been built over it since.
"I got shot at in many places, including Afghanistan, but have never had a bullet enter my flesh, although I've gotten some nicks from shrapnel." Vollmann is also a staff writer for Spin magazine where he has written on subjects as diverse as Bosnia, Voodoo, and the Oklahoma City bombing.