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2002/11/02

Malorama 1.11.02 recommends an interview with Franzen.
"When I think about the difference between where I was when I was writing the first two books (and particularly when I was unsuccessfully trying to write this new book), in contrast to where I am now as I writer, I feel like back then I was doing things because it was "important" to do them, and then at a certain point I realized, What a dumb way to spend your life, trying to produce work because you think it's "important" or because you have some instrumental interest in proving to parents that you can succeed as a writer or in getting a certain kind of critical attention or even making a living. The real shift for me - the shift that The Corrections is about, in terms of process - is that I wanted to stop wanting to write things because I had to. I didn't want there to be any pages in the book that were there because they "should" be there. And this reaches all the way down to the level of plot. One of my big struggles was to keep throwing away plot until there was nothing left but stuff that was fun."
posted by TT 5:10 PM

2002/11/01

Visit Hope Valley for last of fall color in the warmer daytime spots along the Carson River and the north side of the valley. Soak in Grover's hot springs near Markleeville. Temperature at Sorensen's down to 19° at dawn.
posted by TT 12:16 PM

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