Thursday, June 30, 2016

Cynthia Ozick on Next American Great Novel or Novelist

"..can we see any inkling of a presumptive heir 

to Bellow or Updike orNabokov, or to so many others of 

the previous generation (the list would be long and 

impressive) who have left a formative mark on American 


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Excerpt from a review of Zero K /Don DeLillo

"Like the philosophy of the older Heidegger, DeLillo’s is a heightening of the acts of naming and making art and poetry. If anything can save us, it’s art. And yet art’s being escapes its naming. And in what may quite possibly be his final novelistic effort, Don DeLillo has worked out a contentment with the fact that life’s highest cause for reverence is finally, is merely, just such a static escape."

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Don't writers want to be remembered for their work now?

"All I am providing is a form of entertainment. I don’t demand that readers remember me, or that they remember the content of every story, as long as they enjoy my novels and get happiness from them." 

The inevitable question now is: don't we writers want to be remembered for our work? Is it only about the present? Is it only about cash and short-lived fame? Is it the prevalent writerly attitude now?

Sunday, June 5, 2016

What is a story about?

"Any story is about a host of things. It is about the author; it is about the world the author sees and deals with and lives in;

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Jay Williams Quote

Good writing never soothes or comforts.
--Jay Williams

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Recommended reading: Middle Eastern Writers Find Refuge in Dystopian Novel

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