Wed May 22
When you’re in the middle of [writing] a novel and enjoying a novel, there’s no greater feeling. That’s such a sensation, when it’s going well. But for everyday kind of cheeriness, I’d much rather write nonfiction, to be honest. Zadie Smith
Tue May 21
If I’d taken on The Dark Tower I would’ve become Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind. It would’ve happened very, very quickly. Damon Lindelof to Alex Pappademas at Grantland
Sat May 11
I had so much fun writing for Vulture tonight. I’ve been doing this nightblogger thing for eighteen months and still have such a blast. Thankful every day that site keeps me around.
Anyway. I hope you like Rick Moranis: The Novel: The Blog Post.
Wed May 8
I’ve never believed that one should wait until one is inspired because I think that the pleasures of not writing are so great that if you ever start indulging them you will never write again. John Updike. Discovered in a new book called Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. It’s as cool as it sounds.
[The Great Gatsby] is the only book I have read so often despite failing—in the face of real effort and sincere intentions—to derive almost any pleasure at all from the experience. New York mag book critic Kathryn Schulz in her luminescent takedown of Gatsby and its golden reputation. Glad I’m not alone. My first time, junior year of high school, was woeful, but I blamed it on the life-changing Catcher in the Rye coming directly beforehand. Second time, in college, as an independent re-investigation, was so-so. Was considering rereading before seeing the movie, but this essay saved me from that fate.
By the time I was 11, 12, I’d kind of absorbed the idea that you should spend a little time each afternoon making stuff up and eventually you’d be paid really well for it. My favorite quote from that Owen King/Joe Hill interview, something Joe said. Such a cool insight into what it’s like not only being a child of Stephen and Tabitha King, but just being a child who thinks they’d like to be a writer. There’s such an insistence in your head that it’ll just work out and be awesome and make you rich.