“I first saw Apocalypse Now when I was not yet a teenager, and it was way too soon to see it. My voice would shake when I talked about it later, even in college. So I wanted to take my revenge on that movie and all of the Hollywood canon about the war, for as I say in the novel, this is the first case in history where the losers get to write the history.”
by Vicraj Gill
With Roger Angell’s “Life in the Nineties,” the New Yorker brings us an excellent example of the kind of writing years of life experience can produce.
by Joseph M. Schuster
I was struck often by how the race for the South Pole is an appropriate metaphor for writing a novel.
Listen to an audio interview with Karl Marlantes, who spoke with novelist and Bloom contributing writer Joe Schuster by phone.
by Joe Schuster
Marlantes later described that first draft as not so much fiction as a manic, psychological dump and, more bluntly, as “pure C-R-A-P.”