Why I write : thoughts on the craft of fiction

  • 1st ed.
  • Boston, Mass. ; London : Little, Brown 1998
Physical description
xxv, 226 p. ; 21 cm.
  • 9780316115926
  • 0316115924
  • 0316102296
  • Introduction / Will Blythe. -- At the point of my pen / Norman Mailer. -- Uncanny the singing that comes from certain husks / Joy Williams. -- Where does writing come from? / Richard Ford. -- I am a ... Genius! / Thom Jones. -- Some for glory, some for praise / James Salter. -- That's what dogs do / Amy Hempel. -- Stories / Pat Conroy. -- Writing and a life lived well: notes on Allan Gurganus / Ann Patchett. -- Easing my heart inside / Terry McMillan. -- Why the daily writing of fiction matters / Rich Bass. -- Phobia and composition / Rick Moody & Margaret F.M. Davis. -- Secret agent / Denis Johnson. -- The lousy rider / Elizabeth Gilbert. -- Writing / William Vollmann. -- For the money / Mark Jacobson. -- Why I write / Stephen Wright. -- Everything else falls away / Lee Smith. -- The nature of the fun / David Foster Wallace. -- Why I write, or not / Jim Harrison. -- The wolf in the tall grass / Mary Gaitskill. -- Rent retards the revolution! / Darius James. -- The war we can't win, we can't lose, we can't quit / Barry Hannah. -- Collecting myself / Tom Chiarella. -- Why she writes / Jayne Anne Phillips. -- In silence / Robert Stone. -- Who is that man tied to the mast? / Mark Richard.
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  • In this anthology, 26 writers illuminate the motivations at the heart of their creative lives in original essays that are as surprising and varied as their fiction. The contributors include Pat Conroy, Norman Mailor, Rick Moody and David Foster Wallace.

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