“I Threw Out Everything”


For Guernica, Jamilah King talks to Daniel Alarcón about his new novel, “Peru’s most notorious prison,” and what it feels like to throw out 400 pages of work and start over:

I showed it to a couple friends with a great deal of weariness and kind of a little bit of hope thinking that they were going to tell me that I was wrong, that this draft was good. And my friends, to their credit, were like “no, this draft is not good. I think you need to do something about it.”

You might also want to check out our interview with Alarcón from last year about Radio Ambulante, a sort of Spanish-language NPR he started.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →