A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has...– Junot Diaz, whose Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao I’m giving away today as part of World Book Night
Let me underscore the obvious here: Reading fiction is important. It is a vital...– Ann Patchett, on the no-prize fiction Pulitzer in “And the Winner Isn’t”
On Literary Gateway Drugs
The Awl asked: What books make you cringe to remember? John Freeman (Granta editor and a man with some pretty impressive bookshelves) answered: None of them, really. Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut, they’re all starter drugs for reading. Without these sentimental and less sophisticated early passions, I probably would have wound up having a very different life, one missing the strange and...