"I spent years thinking, you know, if I could just get one piece of writing published, I will die happy. Then I got one piece of writing published and I thought, oh, what I would really like to do is get a piece of writing published at the New Yorker. And then I got a piece of writing published at the New Yorker, and I thought, I would like to write a book. And then I sold a book to a publisher, and I thought, I hope this book sells well. I hope that I achieve some measure of cultural success. And then I read accounts like Emily’s and realize, that wheel just keeps on turning regardless. Nobody’s fully successful, and no one’s fully a failure. We’re all just doing the best we can to survive in an economy that hates writers, and in fact hates pretty much everyone. There’s a level on which just continuing to try is sort of heroic."
The Futility of Chasing a “Successful” Writing Career – Flavorwire
Michelle Dean on literary success. This sums up so much, ladies and gentlemen. So much.
I wrote about Josh Lambert’s book, “Unclean Lips” for Lilith Magazine (it’s about Jews and Obscenity) and interviewed him at the Lilith blog.
My thoughts about Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen can be found in the Sisterhood and (quoted) in the LA Times.
More bylines soon, I hope, as I rev myself up for the next cycle of creativity.