NOWHERE Magazine: Do you keep a record or journal of observations/details as you travel or do you recall them later when writing a manuscript? i.e. How does one of your essays come to be?
Merrill Gilfillan: Taking notes (and even plotting the essential vectors of the piece) on the spot are crucial. You think you’ll remember the details, but you won’t. Back home at the writing desk, the main task is sometimes deciphering and then choreographing the material.
NM: What is something unique that you do every day without fail?
MG: Think of the Ghost Dance.