For Tim O’Brien, the Vietnam War has remained a crucible in his fiction, but the power of imagination and memory, and ‘our elusive interior worlds,’ loom large too.
Poet Bruce Weigl talks about the trauma of war and the stories it produces.
A look back at October ’14: book parties, how-to tips, advice, Pulitzers, best-sellers and more.
“Every discovery that I make as a writer, and the work it allows me to do, is true only for as long as it is true.”
“You need to really get inside the head of someone who is not you and give them a voice and dignity.”
A short story needs motives.
It’s good for me to notice the tiniest sub-“thought” which goes through my mind, almost too fast to notice—to catch it before it’s gone, to jot it down. Whhhsshht!
In honor of National Poetry Month, the best poets in America share the poets and poetry that have influenced and inspired their own writing.
Gilbert King went from writing about Mr. Potato Head to crafting an award-winning story about racial injustice.