For the full essay, see it on The Rumpus. Originally published on June 2, 2014. --- 1 Janet Malcolm’s latest book, a collection of her essays on artists and writers, is titled Forty-One False Starts after the opening profile on the artist David Salle.
As of today, I am no longer the Online Content Editor of Catch & Release, the literary blog of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. Read my farewell post here. Thanks for a great year, everyone.
Judith Thurman spoke about writing nonfiction – specifically biography and literary criticism – at Columbia this past Wednesday, and apparently we were very lucky to hear her since, according to sources, she rarely leaves her house. Ms. Thurman said a
On Friday, April 18, 2014, I saw two separate three-legged dogs. 14th Street + University Place Joy in the morning: seeing your gleeful gallop on three limber legs. 10th Street + Broadway "I've got a comrade!" said the wheelchaired man. Using three legs, you jump up.
Sometimes it seems that I have spent most of my MFA in nonfiction listening to professors and students alike rave about Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. While I have yet to read her acclaimed narrative nonfiction account of