A Lonely Life

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must faceContinue reading “A Lonely Life”

Letter to a Young Writer

Dear Lucy, A few years ago, I sat in on a session with the judges of the inaugural International Booker Prize, a major literary award that takes into account an author’s entire written output. Aside from the fact that Michael Ondaatje was sitting to my right, two things struck me in that auditorium, some saltContinue reading “Letter to a Young Writer”