On Virginia Woolf, making hats, escapism, and how to write a novel that readers will read.
beautyto torture me
MauriceHeart of Darkness, Orlando, A Room With a View, The Waves
you’re trying to do the very same thingget it in
To The LighthouseMrs. Dalloway
we’re all hungry, honeyThe Blindfold
Lynn Steger Strong's first novel, Hold Still, was released by Liveright/WW Norton in March 2016. She received an MFA from Columbia University and her non-fiction has been published in Guernica, LARB, Elle.com, Catapult, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. She teaches both fiction and non-fiction writing at Columbia University, Fairfield University, and the Pratt Institute. Lynn's second novel, Want, is forthcoming from Henry Holt in spring 2020.
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Fitzgerald was ground down, I imagine, consumed by how to take care of her family. This didn’t make her any less the thinker, writer, reader, that she was.
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