“Neither Tarnished Nor Afraid”

December 19, 2014

“Being nominated for an award feels the way I imagine winning the lottery must feel: You’re deeply grateful and a little disoriented, you feel very lucky, and you know that it could just as easily have been someone else.” Our own Emily St. John Mandel writes about “the vast distance between literary prizes and literary work” and reading Norman Mailer for The Atlantic‘s By Heart series (which we’ve covered many, many times before).

is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York and every so often writes things at kaulielewis.wordpress.com.