Gay Talese weighs in on Salinger in this week’s paper, but The Observer‘s Molly Fischer and Michael H. Miller also spoke to other writers and editors about their memories of the author.
GERALD HOWARD (Random House):
Gerald Howard, an editor, recalls a “piece of publishing lore” passed down by J. Randall Williams III—Howard’s Read More
Emotionally misshapen losers are taking over contemporary literature!
Just kidding. Those guys have been running the show for centuries. But it does seem like every other literary novel that comes out these days has at its center some variation on the classic antihero—a character whose flaws are worn plainly if not Read More
Note to aspiring young writers in college: Make friends with people you think might become literary agents! That’s what 26-year-old Sam Munson did, and now the manuscript for his debut novel, November Criminals, has attracted so much interest from publishers that it’s about to be put up for auction.
Mr. Munson, the online editor of Read More
The Story of My Baldness, by Marek van der Jagt, translated by Dr. Todd Armstrong. Other Press, 256 pages, $22.
A succès de scandale brings with it a host of problems for an author, most notably the difficulty in obtaining a fair hearing from the reader. Arnon Grunberg’s The Story of My Baldness arrived Read More
I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K. Dick , by Emmanuel Carrère. Metropolitan Books, 315 pages, $26.
It’s difficult to imagine a writer who could have appreciated the adaptation of his works into a series of increasingly bad movies more than Philip K. Dick. The progression Read More