Articles by Hannah Gersen

April 22, 2014

Short Stories, Italian Style: On Francesca Marciano’s The Other Language 2

A new dress, a change of scene, a spontaneous invitation: Marciano understands that these are the superficial actions people take in order to get at the deeper impulses they cannot name.

April 2, 2014

Lost In The Sierras: On Michelle Huneven’s Off Course 0

Off Course casts a very strong spell. The fairy tale theme is pervasive and like all good fairy tales, there is a sense of unease, of darkness unseen.

March 24, 2014

Guerilla Grandma: On Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World 3

Set in the New York art world, The Blazing World tells the story of Harriet Burden, an accomplished, middle-aged artist so frustrated by her lack of stature that she arranges for three younger male artists to show her work as their own.

February 11, 2014

Writing The UnAmericans: An Interview With Molly Antopol 1

I want to know who is in the most complicated place in the situation and then I’ll see how the environment is informing their lives.

December 7, 2013

A Year In Reading: Hannah Gersen 0

This year the books I liked best fell into two categories: tortoises and hares.

December 2, 2013

The Ultimate List: 25 Gifts That Writers Will Actually Use 12

I realized that I had a drawer full of blank journals that I had never used, all given to me by friends and family wanting to support my writing habit. I knew I couldn’t be the only writer with this particular surplus, so I decided to draw up a list of items that writers might actually use.

October 28, 2013

Life and Counterlife: Roth Unbound by Claudia Roth Pierpont 2

One thing that makes Roth Unbound interesting is that Pierpont was able to interview Roth in the first years of his retirement. You can feel Roth’s reflective, relaxed state of mind as he looks back on his career, cataloging his regrets and triumphs.

October 22, 2013

The Smile in the Bone: Lore Segal’s Half The Kingdom 0

Anyone who has ever passed time in a hospital will find something recognizable and true in Lore Segal’s new novel, Half The Kingdom.

October 7, 2013

The Pleasures And Perils Of Writing About Writing: An Interview With Dani Shapiro 2

Initially I had a blog because everyone told me to have a blog. And when I started, I thought what can I regularly blog about that feels like a deep enough well? And the answer was: the process of writing. The creative process itself. What it takes to do the work, what are the pitfalls and the joys, the struggles and the privileges. We do what we do alone in a room. Yet we’re struggling with the blank pages.

September 26, 2013

Playing Survivor on Novel Island 1

“The babies know just what they need to do,” observed one seasoned mother, watching my son on the playground. He was standing at an iron gate performing what honestly looked like a series of leg-strengthening exercises. He was very focused, very serious. He didn’t need a sign reminding him not to start any new projects.

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