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This is Our Writing

Saul Bellow once said that writers seldom wish each other well. He was putting it mildly. Of Jack Kerouac’s beat classic On the Road, Truman Capote famously sneered, “That’s not writing, that’s typing.” Some time later Gore Vidal heard the news of Capote’s death and called it “a good career move.” In the meantime, Norman […]

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Wardlife

“I grew up in a very close family,” said Andrew Steinmetz, 35. “It was an environment where I felt emotionally charged all the time yet hardly ever spoke. We would have lots of discussions, but I could never articulate what I felt and so I withdrew. In a way, Wardlife was my delayed attempt at […]

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Hugh Hood: A Personal Memoir

I first met Hugh Hood when he bounced into the English Department offices at the University of Montreal in 1961. With his tattered sweater, page-boy haircut, running shoes, and baggy jeans, he looked as if he had just come from a touch football game (which probably was the case) and appeared distinctly unprofessorial. Until then, […]