Mary Kay Zuravleff talks about the DNA of the novel, how wordplay and math-thinking have influenced her writing, and the meaning behind “the art of family life is to not take it personally.”...more
Posts by: Elizabeth Word Gutting
James Salter’s new novel, All That Is – his first in thirty-four years – is a masterpiece.
At the moment, the span of years between Salter’s books has got people interested in him. In a recent New Yorker profile, Nick Paumgarten follows Salter’s full life story, from his days as a fighter pilot in the Korean War up till now, as an aged novelist, eighty-seven-years-old....more
When asked by Necessary Fiction to describe the research for his debut novel, The Festival of Earthly Delights, Matt Dojny hand-wrote a scrawling response filled with oddities, doodles, and this moment of witty insight: “But, you’re asking, what kind of research went into the creation of this novel?...more
Anyone who aspires to write will find the story of Ben Fountain—and the story of how his first novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, came to be —both inspiring and heart-rending. Fountain began writing fiction at the age of thirty. He did not begin by dabbling, dangling pretty sentences together in the mornings before work or the hours after....more