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October 30, 2009

Discovering the Luz in The Paris Review Interviews 4


Hearing the echo of writers talking of their difficulties and triumphs with writing can provide the consolation and inspiration it takes to toil on, such as knowing that Orhan Pamuk “work[s] like a clerk” or that even Paul Auster feels stupid sometimes.

October 23, 2009

Framing the Issue: Copyright from John Adams to mp3s 3


The author of The Gift turns to Founding Fathers, copyright, and the creative commons. So why hasn’t anyone noticed?

October 16, 2009

The Mommy Problem 27


Of all the people I’ve known who tried to become writers, many have not become writers…most people don’t fail to become writers because they can’t become writers; rather, at some point, it becomes clear all the things you cannot be (or have or do) if you become a writer.

October 16, 2009

The Savages: Where The Wild Things Are, Revisited 4


Sendak’s classic offers an allegorical version of Hobbes (and Machiavelli and Hegel) for children; its dark lessons about human nature and civilization give the work its enduring, archetypal power.

October 15, 2009

Nostalgia for a Life Never Lived and The Work of Rumer Godden 0


When Godden isn’t escaping into the scents and colors of India, she escapes into a world of nuns.

October 13, 2009

Dissecting the List: An Excursus 1


It’s probably its hospitality to debate that makes the “Best Of” list so popular in the first place. One can agree – yes! great list! – or dissent – Where is x? Why no y? – or inveigh against list-making itself, but in any case, the list holds up a mirror to one’s own preoccupations. As with any mirror, it is fearsomely hard to look away.

October 6, 2009

Working the Double Shift 30


The phrase “day job,” of course, implies that one’s passions lie elsewhere.

October 5, 2009

The Writing Dance 9


The life of an artist is all about flinging yourself into the world, the muck and annoyance and pleasure of it, and then pulling yourself out, to make art.

September 30, 2009

Seeing Red at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2


Standing in the US, where NEA studies claim that just over half of the population has pretty much stopped reading entirely, the Chinese government’s concern over the printed word seems slightly anachronistic.

September 18, 2009

The Beautiful Gifts That Students Bear 0


The spontaneity of it, each bringing a piece of him/herself, like revealing a little secret love affair, made for a kind of grooving jazz ensemble.