An interview about Into That Good Night, craft, and the inseparable nature of art and politics.
The genius posturing of some artists is tired and false. Authorship is as slippery as selfhood—we’re all coauthors of each other in some way, no? I accept the limits of my experience yet aim toward the polyphonic novel. At some point I need you and others to point out what I can’t see. I think that’s more than OK. It’s healthy.
An excerpt from and brief discussion of Into That Good Night.
An article about "5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Selling My First Book."
While the writing matters most, a successful debut requires a lot of legwork. Even if your publisher has an experienced publicist, you will need to work hard to put the book in readers’ hands. The good news is it’s never too late to set yourself up for greater success. To help, here’s five things you should do before attempting to sell a first book.
An article about revision, Into That Good Night, and being saved by Roberto Bolaño.
Revision is a process of discovery. Listen to your doubts. Don’t force them aside. Don’t cave to them and give up, either. Hear them and be receptive to answers or maybe to more problems and then answers. Churn out another draft using one of these revision techniques and find the joy in intricately crafting a story. When it’s locked in print forever, you will be glad you did.
An article about the benefits of founding or joining a writing community project.