Thursday, April 28, 2011

Art vs. Life and the "Professional Widow"

In anticipation of author David Foster Wallace's posthumous (and unfinished) novel The Pale King, the Guardian conducted an interview with Wallace's widow, artist Karen Green. The article--and their story--is by turns riveting and heartbreaking.

Read it here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Egan Takes the Gold

How thrilling that Jennifer Egan's smart and playful A Visit from the Goon Squad won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction -- after having won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She chatted with The Wall Street Journal minutes after learning the news and among the choice bits of reflection, she says this: " My advice for young female writers would be to shoot high and not cower." Amen.

You can read the entire (short) interview here.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Life after a bestseller

Re-posting a wonderful essay by Elif Batuman, about everything from literary success to industry schmoozing to the challenges of an academic writing life.

Read it here, in The Guardian.