Quilting Without a Pattern: On Making a First Novel
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Quilting Without a Pattern: On Making a First Novel

by Kim Church

When the women of Gee’s Bend sit down to piece a quilt, they don’t wait for a pattern to manifest itself. They don’t have that luxury. They have to work quickly because their lives are full of other work—in the fields, in their homes, among their families. A skilled quilter works “in the lap,” piecing and stitching as she goes, so that the whole design isn’t revealed until the quilt is done. Continue reading

IN HIS OWN WORDS: Norman Rush
Features / Fiction / In Their Own Words

IN HIS OWN WORDS: Norman Rush

Every serious writer is implicitly or explicitly asking that question. What is it that I’m writing about? What does it have to do with the seemingly autonomous evolution of increasingly less propitious circumstances to make change? And the answer to that is the central and most compelling question, it seems to me, for people who write novels which incorporate serious politics and political thinking into them. Continue reading