Bill Clegg ends his marathon appearance on This Writing Life podcast by talking about his (then) recent Man Booker longlisting for his first novel, Did You Ever Have a Family? Alternating between his twin literary hats - writer and agent - he talks the pros of literary prizes and literary culture in general. ----more---- After the shock of learning that I reviewed Did You Ever Have a Family?, Clegg moved onto a broader discussion of attractive misery in contemporary American fiction:
who's sadder: Clegg or Hanya Yanagihara (or neither)?
the problem with novels with the word 'Girl' in the title
the Ashley Madison debacle
Adrian Piper's 'Everything' (Will be Taken Away)
Bam!, Black Swans and age-old advice: how to deal with the unexpected
self-consciousness about self-consciousness: Foster Wallace, WS Merwin, perhaps?