Joy Lanzendorfer discusses her debut novel, RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM.
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Consistent with the author’s headlong personality, the narrative of Rough Magic wastes little time. ...more
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It’s just their story, and we don’t have to believe a word of it. ...more
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In America, everybody, it seems, wants to be a success. Me, too. Recently, I confided to a family member that sometimes, in moments of deep despair (fortunately they are fairly uncommon), I find myself contemplating suicide as the most sensible retirement plan. The road ahead, paved with potholes and poverty, sometimes doesn’t look all that […]
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Roxane Gay discusses her new collection,
Difficult Women, the problem with whiteness as the default and the need for diverse representation, and life as a workaholic. ...more
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But to become a writer I needed at least to learn about my own superstitions. I needed space in the house to sketch with words. I needed to commit heresies. And those acts had to feel pleasurable. ...more
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Novelist Uzodinma Okehi talks with Jane Liddle about ambition and the never-ending hustle of being a writer.
My ambition is personal. I don’t think I need to succeed so that the race can succeed. ...more
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