Tag: Writing

Lahiri’s Metamorphoses

Over eight years have passed since Jhumpa Lahiri announced her intention to leave behind the terrain of English letters and write only in Italian.

A Hole at the Bottom of the Book

For the writers Annie Ernaux and Hilary Plum, a paradox emerges with each new book: writing attempts “carry to completion” something lived, but also changes the original experience.

Difficult Empathies

“What would a successful war novel look like? This question concealed a deeper question I had: What would a truthful Kashmir novel look like?”

Failure’s Gifts

Even the most successful authors—like Phillis Wheatley and W. E. B. Du Bois—fail to publish all they’d like. What can that reveal about literature?