It seems that every once in a while living writers pick a dead writer to gather around and champion, and this was definitely the case with Richard Yates around the turn of the millenium. I attended a reading by Richard Ford, where he extolled Yates’s brilliance.
In this Rumpus original, Steven Soderbergh talks to Stephen Elliott and Scott Hutchins about his shaken faith in the power of film, what he has in common with Fidel Castro, and how nothing will ever be solved in the Middle East as long as monotheists are involved.
Going to See the Elephant, the debut novel by Rodes Fishburne, is a paean to newspapering and young love, by a writer whose ambition is worn lightly on his sleeve. It’s a fun book about being young in a new city, and introduces the reading public to a writer of great promise.
Scott Hutchins is a fiction and nonfiction writer who lives in San Francisco. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Budget Travel, Seventeen, Esquire.com, Five Chapters, StoryQuarterly, and The New York Times. He teaches fiction at Stanford University, where he also directs the Online Writer's Studio.