Writing Our America

Can you stand another Longreads look at something else? Lately, many writers have wondered how they can create in American’s current climate. While it’s definately an American-based piece, the nuggets of wisdom about writing made me feel like I struck gold. It’s an essay I plan to read over and over again, like listening to a favourite song on the radio. Enjoy.

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Scott Korb | Longreads | February 2017 | 32 minutes (8,200 words)

The following essay is adapted from a talk presented at Pacific University’s MFA in Writing Program. It includes advice from writers of “YA fiction, writers for television and stage, of novels and essays, investigative journalism, and criticism” on how we might produce meaningful work in the next four years.

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I often teach a piece of writing by David Foster Wallace, included originally as the introduction to the 2007 edition of The Best American Essays. He called the piece “Deciderization—2007,” a title that jabbed at the then-current president, George W. Bush, who, in the midst of his second term—in the midst of the Iraq war, which as fought had been lost—reminded the country during a press conference insisting he would not fire Donald Rumsfeld, whom he would later fire, that he, George W. Bush, was…

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