I recently began leading a new workshop composed of students in their 50s and 60s. All have children and busy careers. And I sometimes wonder, as I look around the room, why at this late stage they’ve chosen to write at all. I fear that perhaps I’m giving them false hope. But it’s hard for me to remain cynical when I think about their motives. What they’re seeking is exactly what I wanted: the refuge of stories, which remain the most reliable paths to meaning ever devised by our species.
Writer Steve Almond talking about the need for storytelling. From the NY Times.
The central question driving literary aesthetics in the age of the iPad is no longer “How should novels be?” but “Why write novels at all?
From a timely and pertinent article in the New York Times.
I’m put in some exotic box…I’m like Cheech Marin. I’m the colorful sidekick. I feel that a lot.
From a NY Times article about fiction writer Dagoberto Gilb, who is back at work after recovering from a stroke in 2009.