Jane Eaton Hamilton

"At the bottom of the box is hope." – Ellis Avery.

Tag: New Yorker

The Remedy for Monday

Here, by Hallie Cantor at the New Yorker, the cure for Monday: Everything I Am Afraid Might Happen If I Ask New Acquaintances to Get Coffee. Thank you, Hallie Cantor, for starting my week off right.

Sharon Olds

Alexandra Schwartz, writing in the New Yorker, about Sharon Olds and her new book, “Odes.”

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“In some six dozen poems, Olds sings in praise of things that are not often considered worthy of appreciation—tampons, stretch marks, fat, composting toilets, douche bags, menstrual blood—and reconsiders others that are.”

Sharon Olds Sings the Body Electric

 

The Generous George Saunders

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George Saunders on our affection for our writing tutors:

“Why do we love our writing teachers so much? Why, years later, do we think of them with such gratitude? I think it’s because they come along when we need them most, when we are young and vulnerable and are tentatively approaching this craft that our culture doesn’t have much respect for, but which we are beginning to love. They have so much power. They could mock us, disregard us, use us to prop themselves up. But our teachers, if they are good, instead do something almost holy, which we never forget: they take us seriously. They accept us as new members of the guild. They tolerate the under-wonderful stories we write, the dopy things we say, our shaky-legged aesthetic theories, our posturing, because they have been there themselves.”

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A little light editing

Here, from the New Yorker, is Ray Carver’s original version of “Beginners,” the story that became, under Gordon Lish’s hand, the brilliant “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.”  This shows all the editorial interjections and deletions, and I would say represents pretty typical story editing, myself, but I know others, including Carver and his partner Tess Gallagher, considered it drastic.  (Long) after Ray’s death, Tess published the book “Beginners” (Vintage 2010) that restored not only this story but 16 others to their original condition.  Good on her; I’m very glad she did, and readers can decide for themselves.

What We Talk About

Oh, here’s a squib about a recent Newsweek interview with Gordon Lish:

Gordon Lish

A Transparent Glass of Water

She has no personality except when she’s with other people.  A short video:

Joyce Carol Oates

Gertrude Stein’s style

“She did it first; Hemingway did it pretty.” Adam Gopnik.

Gertrude Stein

Claire Messud kicks boy butt

Claire Messud kicks boy butt in this Publisher’s Weekly rejoinder discussed in the New Yorker:

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Advice to Young Writers from Jeffrey Eugenides

Good Things to Keep in Mind

George Eliot’s house–sort of

There is no game afoot to save George Eliot’s house, but there ought to be.  Meantime, have a beer on her front lawn.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/06/griff-george-eliot-childhood-home.html

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