Nell Zink’s Novel Journey

  "There are a lot of ways to stay safe as a writer: by not writing, by writing to no one, by writing to a single admirer, by challenging the judgment of those with the power to judge, by not putting much effort into your work. 'It’s hard,' Zink writes in 'The Wallcreeper,' 'trying to

My beach table at Anzio

Zadie Smith on Finding Your Beach

When you sit down to write on a cool and bright Sunday morning, you hope that you will find an essay like this one from Zadie Smith, which appears in the upcoming issue of the New York Review of Books. "Find Your Beach." At the time Smith wrote this wistful (but, somewhat humorous) essay, an