I just finished reading “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” – and immediately scoured the net for insights into the author, Katherine Boo.
In a New York Times article, in a few short paragraphs – she’s give such incredible advice to writers:
When speaking of George Saunders – she states -- he knows when to end his stories — the moment when the best choice a writer can make is to slip away and leave the reader to assemble the last parts on her own.
She also describes very well, the main challenge and objective of a fiction writer: “ …… fiction writers seem to know more than nonfiction writers about distillation — conveying their analytical or psychological insights with economy.”
When speaking about recent books she’s read, and author’s she admires – “ They don’t beat you down with their self-seriousness, and it’s only when you’re done that you realize how much wiser you are for their books
Even a perspective on rereading favorites: “ To reread what you loved most at a particular moment is to risk the possibility that you might love it less, and I want to keep my memories undegraded.”
To reread what you loved most at a particular moment is to risk the possibility that you might love it less, and I want to keep my memories undegraded.