Friday, May 30, 2008

Aleksandar Hemon in the L.A Times

This profile of my current fave gets to the heart of the writing life.

After winning a MacArthur writing grant,
"People ask, 'Did you feel extra pressure because of the MacArthur?,' but it's preposterous; it relieves the pressure. I was running out of money, I had spent all of my advances and I was teaching for a semester, and once I was done teaching I had no income. I had three months to figure out what to do, but I couldn't do anything but write. I was about to start looking for gigs and then the MacArthur comes in when you least expect it."
But then he's not the only one in the trade scrounging for dimes.
Perhaps if more people read novels of this calibre.

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