Can You Make a Tape Recorder into Your Own Mrs. Gerbe?
"When I was 6, my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Gerbe, invited me up to her desk to dictate short stories to her. She sensed that my imagination was going at a pace that was faster than my writing hand. She became like my personal secretary, and I would practically say, 'Take a letter, Mrs. Gerbe!' My mother saved the stories I dictated, and in them you can see the earliest beginnings of a writer's inner workings." — Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings