“Don’t Go Online” and Other Good Advice for Writers


Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Sisterland and guest judge of McSweeney’s first-ever student short story contest, told McSweeney’s in an interview that she is looking for fiction with a “pulse,” that engages “in a kind of conversation,” and that serves the writer’s obsessions. She also goes into her own history as a writer, including current projects: be on the lookout for a modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice… set in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Liv Lansdale is the book reviews editor for poetsatwork.com. Her favorite sentence of the 18th century is from Wollstonecraft and refers to men as "bugbears." She is actively seeking the perfect mojito. More from this author →