The Situation

The Situation in American Writing: Blake Butler

The nebulous enemy is not terrorism, it is us. I mean that in the kindest way.

The Situation in American Writing: Eileen Myles

The desire to make a living as a writer is a true perversion in this culture but I think we need our perverts more than ever.

The Situation in American Writing: Yannick Murphy

You don’t become a writer to pay the rent. If you do make money at writing, then you’re not only a writer, you gain an extra word in your title, and you become a “lucky writer.”

The Situation in American Writing: James Boice

Books last forever — reviews don’t. Writers live forever — critics don’t.

The Situation in American Writing: Alex Shakar

People think that spirituality is about beliefs, but it isn’t. It’s about looking, as deeply as possible, into the believer. If literature has a function, for me, this approaches it.

The Situation in American Writing: Justin Taylor

I think our current economic system is a shambles and a sham. We’re all making do as best we can.

The Situation in American Writing: Geoff Dyer

When my latest book got copy edited and type-set, spelling and punctuation were fully Americanized — and it just didn’t work. I had to accept, albeit a little grudgingly, what an English writer I am.

The Situation in American Writing: Alexander Chee

Here in America we are like a people asleep and dreaming on top of something we both know and don’t know is an enormous weapon aimed at the whole world, including every one of us.

The Situation in American Writing: Steve Almond

Literature’s essential moral duty is to make us feel more than we did before, to induce the radical empathy that helps us imagine the suffering and exaltation of other human beings.

The Situation in American Writing: Victor LaValle

The individual is a lie. Or, rather, a noble ideal. I don’t believe such a being exists, Enlightenment be damned.