Ah, the joys of online publishing. I was able to release the second issue of Work in Progress on Sunday from home, hangover firmly in place (but by no means work-inhibiting). With this one I tried for a little fiction, a little nonfiction, and even some poetry.
In our August missive:
- Jonathan Franzen, on video, talks about his discomfort with participating in author videos.
- Ishmael Beah and his editor Sarah Crichton discuss life and writing since A Long Way Gone.
- From the archives, a recording of Alice McDermott on Charming Billy before its publication, critical success, and National Book Award.
- New poetry by Eliza Griswold, a poet and journalist whose name you may not know yet, but you will in about three weeks. Trust me.
- A giveaway covering the spectrum of literature: British prep school farce, World War II fiction in translation, and lusty Americans in Paris.
I withheld one additional feature at the last minute, because of the time-sensitive nature of some of the respondent’s answers. That’s coming in September. Here’s a hint: the interview subject isn’t a writer, but close readers of this blog will remember he’s one reason I work at FSG.