Quick Hits for Oct. 5
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Chinas Chang : I don’t know much about Eileen Chang, but after reading this article in the New York Times Arts section, I surely want to know more. Her story itself sounds as fascinating as her fiction. But if you’re looking for recent Chinese novelists to explore, Chang seems like a good bet.
Curse You, Ivy League!: The kids at Princeton (as if privilege weren’t enough…okay, I am a little jealous) are going to have the benefit of famed Peruvian novelist, Mario Vargas Llosa, as teacher, mentor, guide, etc. for a semester. I can’t express how lucky a young writer is to be able to listen to the likes of Vargas Llosa on literature and writing. Even in the article there is a golden nugget:
“The first draft is always very difficult — a kind of fight againstdemoralization,” he said. “I feel I’ll never get over the difficulties.What I like most is rewriting. To correct, to suppress, to add, torebuild the story — this process is the most exciting for me.”
As a writer struggling with the first draft, it is nice to know that someone like Vargas Llosa faces the same battle to this day.