For some people, words are more real than anything else. More real than the things they represent. A Word Child is a brilliant novel by Iris Murdoch (her 17th, to […]
Many of the booby traps of writing are set by your own ego. A writer must be motivated but not maniacal. Critical enough to make sure your work isn’t absolute […]
http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/wbc/wbc_20081118-1216a.mp3 How did you prepare to write the story? ‘I prepared by changing my life almost completely. I was living in New York City. I was an editor at Ms. […]
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Dumb was as good as dead; better to utter. Words were a silver thread stitching the night. The first story I said led to the light. Fact was in black […]
Not a lot, it turns out. When I found out that Tolstoy didn’t come up with the title for War and Peace himself, I was shocked. Shocked and appalled. To […]