from the introduction to her Selected Stories: I did not “choose” to write short stories. I hoped to write … Continue Reading How Alice Munro Chose to Write Short Stories
A reader favorite from 2016, that I like to repost now & then: 1. When Derek Jeter retired from baseball … Continue Reading There is Only the Trying: Some Thoughts on Fame & Failure
from Bloom’s 1991 interview with The Paris Review: You know, I’ve learned something over the years, picking up copies of … Continue Reading Harold Bloom Discovers That What Writers Work Hardest On Isn’t What Readers Remember Most
The late poet and translator W. S. Merwin, who died only last month at ninety-one, has left us a remarkable … Continue Reading Advice to a Young Poet, from Ezra Pound
Are poets today largely talking to themselves? Are many of them happy to do so, locked away in academia or … Continue Reading The State of Poetry Now?
The following essay was published in the New Criterion in February, 1993, and reflects a view of American poetry from … Continue Reading The State of Poetry … in 1993