By Annie Liontas,Jeff Parker
The approximately seventy brief essays in a way of Being, through the very best modern writers from worldwide, pay homage to mentors—the writers, academics, nannies, and sages—who enlighten, push, inspire, and occasionally damage, fail, and restrict their protégés. There are mentors encountered within the schoolhouse and on farms, in NYC and in MFA courses; mentors who appear precisely whilst wanted, providing convenience, a steadying hand, a commiseration, a dose of difficult love. This assortment is wealthy with anecdotes from the heartfelt to the salacious, gem stones of writing recommendation, and assistance for the way to stay the writing lifestyles in a global that every one too frequently doesn’t care no matter if you write or not.
Each contribution is intimate and distinct—yet a standard subject matter is that mentors version a way of being.
Arthur plant life on John O’Killens
James Franco on concord Korine
Mary Gaitskill on an Ann Arbor bookshop owner
Noy Holland and Sam Lipsyte on Gordon Lish
Tayari Jones on Ron Carlson
Henry Rollins on Hubert Selby Jr.
Rodrigo Rey Rosa on Paul Bowles
George Saunders on Douglas Unger and Tobias Wolff
Christine Schutt on Elizabeth Hardwick
Tobias Wolff on John L’Heureux
. . . and plenty of more
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