Does therapy help or hurt the writing process?
The rage of a great American novelist
If there is a secret lurking in Cather’s correspondence, it might be this: her best writing, certainly in her letters and in much of her fiction, is driven by anger.
Capturing the zeitgeist is something of an obsession for Dave Eggers. His work includes a recession-era treatise on the everyman’s dwindling power in American life, the near-biography of a Hurricane Katrina survivor (labelled nonfiction), the near-biography of a Sudanese child soldier (labelled fiction), and a film that wistfully captured the horrors of fracking. If you’ve read it about it in The New York Times Sunday Review, chances are Dave Eggers has considered it as source material.
The new novel Americanah has elicited a number of strong reactions, ranging from exasperation to awe. The author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian woman, appears to be no less divisive, at least based on the discussion about her book on Twitter and elsewhere. (I haven't read it.)
March 28, 1923
A bittersweet tale of marital communion and cleavage aboard a steamship.
The epic of colonial India
How did a middling middle-aged novelist grow to write the English epic of colonial India?
Five films later, Hollywood still doesn't get Fitzgerald's novel
The book was about class anxieties, not classy parties. The movie, not so much.
The god that fails: a novelist’s uneasy relationship with fiction.
The awkward art of the smitten word
The only thing more common than bad sex? Bad writing about sex. A novelist describes the dangers of the smitten word.
George Saunders creates sci-fi-flavored, futuristic dystopias in his fiction. He is also the most perceptive author writing today about the modern working world.