Articles by Pamela Erens

August 2, 2013

Look. No, Don’t Look: My Book Cover, the Angel in the House, and Me 8

If the cover accurately expressed the feel and content of the novel, and the cover embarrassed me, what did that say about my relationship to my work?

May 7, 2013

Making Things Is Hard Work: Janet Malcolm’s Forty-One False Starts 2

A fair amount of writing about artists is premised on the idea that they are better or worse or more generous or brutish or attuned to the subtle vibrations of the universe than the rest of us. Malcolm doesn’t seem to think so, and it’s very refreshing.

February 7, 2012

Running Through the Future, Screaming: Dan Chaon’s Stay Awake 4

Contemporary writers such as Chabon, Lethem, and Whitehead import genre conventions into their literary fiction, but my guess is that their most avid readers tend to be those who never lost their taste for the detective story. Dan Chaon is a writer for those of us who thought we’d left genre behind.