Posts Tagged ‘Herman Melville’

Tom Bissell talks about the role of luck in “making it” as a writer in this interview in Salon:

…our lives are subject to so many freak accidents and so many completely random occurrences that to be lucky enough to be able to work as a professional writer and get paid for it, and to think that you got there just because you’re so wonderful, that confidence will eventually just make you lazy and uninteresting.

He also talks about the tragedy of Melville’s later years, and names complacency and alcohol as the writer’s two worst enemies. An interesting interview.

Click here for rules for writing fiction, according to Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, Neil Gaiman, and others.

Jonathon Lethem interviews Patti Smith, who talks about human strength, William Blake, Roberto Bolano, and, of course, writing Just Kids. Link here. Worthy.

Nietzsche said: “God is dead. We have killed him.” Melville tells us what to about it. Link here.