Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Writers as Plunderers

Over the years I cut out articles and essays from various magazines and newspapers and, along the way, throw some out while others are keepers. Those I keep I sometimes later find in the most unlikely places.

I found this one, "Writers as Plunderers," which ran in the New York Times in 1998, on my dryer in the garage. It's yellowed and brittle, but still timely. I found what the writer said about why we're so fascinated with true stories especially interesting. See what you think.


tulasi-priya dasi said...

Glad to know that the issue of "cannibalizing" others' lives is not a problem only for neophyte writers.

I don't have regular internet access and so cannot hear your show live. Did you interview Mary Karr? I couldn't find it in the podcasts. I love her writing and was looking forward to that show. Thanks for the great work you do.

Anonymous said...

We rescheduled the show with Mary for Jan 6, 9 a.m. and will podcast soon thereafter.