The art of reading.
The ever stylish Gay Talese highlights the differences between fiction and nonfiction, and the importance found in each. Though the novel-on-high is considered ‘the beast’ by Norman Mailer, one can counter the limitations of nonfiction by spending more time with your subjects. “I’m not making it up, but I sound like I’m making it up, which is what I want to achieve.”
The quote may not be attributable to Mark Twain, but if he lived a second life I think he’d have gotten around to saying it.
"Write drunk, edit sober." That is, overcome the fear of caring so much, the heart of writing is in the rewriting.
The folks over at Believer Magazine have a fine “micro” interview with Jonathan Lethem. You’ll discover the author of Motherless Brooklyn and Chronic City has a fondness for fish-and-chips, Philip K. Dick, bookstores and the quality of an un-stickered, unblemished book.
Pay heed, young chaps. The more complicated the argument you’re trying to make, the simpler the language one must use. Kerouac knows best.