“My best description I can come up with for what it’s like to write a novel is that it is like going into your garage and trying to build a one-of-a-kind, custom musical instrument out of the spare parts you find there, while simultaneously composing the best possible music to play on that instrument. . . as you are learning what this instrument is capable of doing, you change the kind of music you envision you can play on it. There are possibilities that come up that you never imagined.”
by Jill Kronstadt
Wroblewski has described The Story of Edgar Sawtelle as a romance between a boy and his dog, as much Romeo and Juliet as it is Hamlet.
by Juhi Singhal Karan
There’s something enduring about words that have been inked onto paper by someone for another. These missives have the capacity to reach across space and time . . . [H]ere we bring to you five such missives, five “letters of note” by bloomers.
The thing that tipped me off to it was this rinky-dink little historical society pamphlet from 1962 in which they were trying to get volunteers in Wyoming to go work on some of these water reclamation archeological surveys, and they mention River Basin Surveys in conjunction with Bighorn Canyon. I thought, “Okay, that has to be a real thing.”
by Lisa Peet
What is a Western today if not its iconography?… We have exhausted the old conflicts of cowboys against Indians, or townspeople clashing with range riders. There are no longer fixed points in the genre except perhaps for this: a Western is the light, the landscape, the beasts that run through it.
by Dena Santoro
As a longtime resident of the East Village, I often observed an elderly neighbor with a camera or two slung about his neck . . . That the man should turn out to be the late, great Saul Leiter did not become apparent until I attended a screening of . . . a documentary.
“Eventually, as I understood myself better, I was able deal directly with the central issues of the Japanese American experience and meld my short stories into a novel. But it took a very long time.”