“All children ‘write.’ (And paint, and sing.) I suppose the real question is, why do so many people give it up? Intimidation, I suppose”: Margaret Atwood on the Art of Fiction.
An Art of Fiction interview with V. S. Pritchett
Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides and Reynolds Price. Poems by Margaret Atwood, Carolyn Kizer, Christopher Logue, and Les Murray.
“For centuries under slavery, the smile or the grimace on a white man’s face could inform a black person: ‘You’re about to be sold, or flogged.’ So we have studied the white American where the white American has not been obliged to study us”: An interview with Maya Angelou.
Mario Vargas Llosa on the Art of Fiction.
A radio interview with Gertrude Stein.
Stories by Georges Perec and Mona Simpson. Poems by August Kleinzahler, Geoffrey O’Brien, and Luc Sante .
Iris Murdoch on the Communist Party, literary prototypes, religion without God, and the Art of Fiction.
An interview with Wallace Stegner: “I’ve never seen an Id—and I will run in another direction if I ever do!”
Stories by Padgett Powell, Paul West, and Marianne Wiggins. Poems by Alice Fulton, Ghalib, and Reynolds Price.
Nathalie Sarraute on Sartre: “I liked him as a friend, but found him physically one of the most repulsive men I had ever seen—it was terrible!”
“Hardy was drawn to those great independent women in his Wessex . . . they choose their own defeat, and that has been hard for me to face”: An interview with Mary Lee Settle.
Stories by Stuart Dybek, Peter Matthiessen, and Larry Woiwode. Poems by Suzanne Gardinier, David Mamet, and Franz Wright.