Table of contents for Writers on writing : collected essays from The New York times ; introduction by John Darnton.


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Introduction by Jane Smiley

Poems Foster Self-Discovery by Diane Ackerman

A Path Taken, with All the Certainty of Youth by Margaret Atwood

Essentials Get Lost in the Shuffle of Publicity by Ann Beattie

Timeless Tact Helps Sustain a Literary Time Traveler by Geraldine Brooks

Yes, There Are Second Acts (Literary Ones) in American Lives by Alan Cheuse

Footprints of Greatness on Your Turf by Frank Conroy

New Insights into the Novel? Try Reading Three Hundred by Chitra Divakaruni

Returning to Proust's World Stirs Remembrance by Leslie Epstein

Forget Ideas, Mr. Author. What Kind of Pen Do You Use? By Stephen Fry

In Paris and Moscow, a Novelist Finds His Time and Place by Alan Furst

Recognizing the Book That Needs to Be Written by Dorothy Gallagher

How to Insult a Writer by Herbert Gold

Calming the Inner Critic and Getting to Work by Allegra Goodman

A Narrator Leaps Past Journalism by Vivian Gornick

They Leap from Your Brain Then Take Over Your Heart by Andrew Greeley

When Inspiration Stared Stoically from an Old Photograph by Kathryn Harrison

A Career Despite Dad's Advice by Michael Holroyd

Seeing the Unimaginable Freezes the Imagination by A. M. Homes

Hemingway's Blessing, Copland's Collaboration by A. E. Hotchner

Returning to the Character Who Started It All by Susan Isaacs

Negotiating the Darkness, Fortified by Poets' Strength by Mary Karr

Hometown Boy Makes Waves by William Kennedy

As Her Son Creates His Story, a Mother Waits for the Ending by Beth Kephart

The Glory of a First Book by Brad Leithauser

Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle by Elmore Leonard

A Famous Author Says: "Swell Book! Loved It!" by Elinor Lipman

Hearing the Notes That Aren't Played by David Mamet

Heroism in Trying Times by Patrick McGrath

Shattering the Silence, Illuminating the Hatred by Arthur Miller

Overcome by Intensity, Redeemed by Effort by Honor Moore

A Novelist's Life Is Altered by Her Alter Ego by Marcia Muller

Computers Invite a Tangled Web of Complications by P. J. O'Rourke

Saluting All the King's Mentors by Jay Parini

Why Not Put Off Till Tomorrow the Novel You Could Begin Today? By Ann Patchett

The Eye of the Reporter, the Heart of the Novelist by Anna Quindlen

A Retreat from the World Can Be a Perilous Journey by Jonathan Rosen

After Six Novels in Twelve Years, a Character Just Moves On by James Sallis

Fiction and Fact Collide, With Unexpected Consequences by John Sedgwick

Confession Begets Connection by David Shields

A Storyteller Finds Comfort in a Cloak of Anonymity by Susan Richards Shreve

Autumnal Accounting Endangers Happiness by Richard Stern

Family Ghosts Hoard Secrets That Bewitch the Living by Amy Tan

A Bedeviling Question in the Cadence of English by Shashi Tharoor

Still Replying to Grandmas Persistent "And Then?" by Frederic Tuten

A Pseudonym Retums from an Alter-Ego Trip, with New Tales to Tell by Donald E. Westlake

Before a Rendezvous with the Muse, First Select the Music by Edmund White


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