“…it’s all a whole lot of wandering for me, respecting the tangents to such a degree that I end up way out in left field a lot of the time. It’s a line, a word, an image, anything I can get a hold onto, as most things feel so slippery and light.”
Eileen Pollack’s third novel, A Perfect Life, “considers the moral complexities of scientific discovery and the sustaining nature of love.” The protagonist, Jane Weiss, is a bright and devoted 30-something workaholic scientist researching the genetic marker for a neuro-degenerative disorder, Valentine’s disease. Her mother passed away from the disease she’s devoted to researching, and now… Continue reading A Perfect Life: Interview with Eileen Pollack
“After nearly 25 years of writing, I have come to the conclusion that, what matters most to me is to try not just to push myself forward on the road that other writers have already opened, but to open my own road.”
Much has changed between my generation and my mother’s generation in terms of technology, politics, gender norms, but most notably with dating and sex. In her new book, Girls & Sex, journalist and mother Peggy Orenstein interviews over 70 women and discusses sexuality with experts to reveal some shocking (and often overlooked) truths about the… Continue reading Girls & Sex: A Conversation with Peggy Orenstein
“I finally figured out that success to me was being able to write every day, what I want, when I want.”
Thanks to the cooperation of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) and Creative Writing at The New School, as well as the tireless efforts of our students and faculty, we are able to provide interviews with each of the NBCC Awards Finalists and special award recipients for the publishing year 2015. Christina Berke, on behalf of Creative Writing at The New… Continue reading Interview with NBCC Lifetime Achievement Winner Wendell Berry
Advice for Writers from Literary Agent Nicole James Basic Facts About Agents for Writers On a sunny but cold Saturday afternoon in Union Square, literary agent Nicole James spoke to MFA students at The New School. She’s been with Chalberg & Sussman for over three years and had plenty of helpful tips for aspiring writers.… Continue reading Advice for Writers #7: Facts About Agents
The Creative Writing Program at the New School celebrated the 20th anniversary of the MFA program last week. Authors and graduates Sam Ligon and Robert Lopez of the first fiction class read from recent books and gave advice to MFA students.
Alexander Chee’s first novel, Edinburgh (Picador, 2002), is a winner of the Michener Copernicus Prize, the AAWW Lit Award and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize, and was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year and a Booksense 76 selection. His second novel, The Queen of the Night, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is a recipient of the 2003… Continue reading Advice for Writers #5: Alexander Chee
The publishing panel included Peter Catapano, New York Times editor, Rakia Clark, Beacon Press book editor, Frank Flaherty, NYU professor, Alia Hanna Habib, a literary agent, Wayne Hoffman, Tablet editor, and Lauren Mechling, Vogue editor. They advised: Every moment needs to be well written.