Drinking female writers

Jean Rhys, Elizabeth Bishop, Marguerite Duras: How is it that these women, so very bad at living, were so very good at writing about it?…
Jean Rhys, Elizabeth Bishop, Marguerite Duras: How is it that these women, so very bad at living, were so very good at writing about it?… [More]

Indian writing in English

Paul Auster doesn’t worry about how he’s received in India. Why do Indian writers think it’s so important to get published in the West?…
Paul Auster doesn’t worry about how he’s received in India. Why do Indian writers think it’s so important to get published in the West?… [More]

To tell and not to tell

Lawrence frequently put people he knew in his novels. Joyce, too. Roth and Bellow? Well, pity their ex-wives. But does knowing all this tell us anything about literature?…
Lawrence frequently put people he knew in his novels. Joyce, too. Roth and Bellow? Well, pity their ex-wives. But does knowing all this tell us anything about literature?… [More]

MFA vs. NYC

MFA vs. NYC: campus quads vs. Brooklyn brownstones; agents vs. professors; short stories vs. novels; workshops vs. publishing parties…
MFA vs. NYC: campus quads vs. Brooklyn brownstones; agents vs. professors; short stories vs. novels; workshops vs. publishing parties… [More]

Why writers procrastinate

Why are writers such exceptional procrastinators? They fear being confronted with a simple truth: They’re not as good as they think they are…
Why are writers such exceptional procrastinators? They fear being confronted with a simple truth: They’re not as good as they think they are… [More]

Can’t writers make anything up?

Dickens, Maugham, Amis: What do you say about a novelist who crams a caricature of a real person into a story in order to poke fun?…
Dickens, Maugham, Amis: What do you say about a novelist who crams a caricature of a real person into a story in order to poke fun?… [More]

Writers Into Saints

Beckett was a misanthrope, Joyce a philanderer, Dickens a tyrant. So why do biographers depict their subjects as especially admirable people?…
Beckett was a misanthrope, Joyce a philanderer, Dickens a tyrant. So why do biographers depict their subjects as especially admirable people?… [More]

Alcoholism and American writers

Bourbon and books, Fitzgerald and Faulkner, Cheever and Carver: In America, literary distinction and alcoholism have long been linked…
Bourbon and books, Fitzgerald and Faulkner, Cheever and Carver: In America, literary distinction and alcoholism have long been linked… [More]