At the Observer, Kate Zambreno examines the path that led her to write her most recent book, To Write As if Already Dead, as well as the importance of guarding one’s time as a writer. “I think being a writer is recognizing in the publication cycle there’s going to be a lot of unpaid labor and how to protect yourself so that you can actually still write,” Zambreno says, “and have a life and have something left for you, which I think has become increasingly hard for all of us. To have anything left.”
The Morning News continues its Reading Roulette series with Nikolai Klimontovich’s “How to Crow Your Head Off,” which “recalls 1957, when another anticipated influx of foreigners into the heart of the Soviet Union prompted ‘municipal cleansing’ measures of the human sort.”
When high fashion and the life of a working writer combine: on Jessica Francis Kane‘s New York Fashion Week debut.
We have a lot of prizes that honor well-crafted first novels. But what about the second novel, which is far more likely to be ignored? Herewith, Dan Kois announces that Slate is teaming up with the Whiting Foundation to produce We Second That, a list of under-recognized second novels from the past five years. You could also read our own Bill Morris on the golden age of the second novel.