The Writer's Notebook
Dorothy Allison, Steve Almond, Rick Bass, Susan Bell, Aimee Bender,Kate Bernheimer, Lucy Corin, Tom Grimes, Matthea Harvey, AnnaKeesey, Jim Krusoe, Margot Livesey, Antonya nelson, Chris Offutt, D.A. Powell, Peter Rock, and Jim Shepard.
The Story About the Story
J. C. Hallman is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Chess Artistand The Devil is a Gentleman. A collection of his short fiction, The Hospital for Bad Poets, will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2009. His work has appeared in GQ, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, and a number of other journals and anthologies. He is working on a book about modern expressions of utopian thought.
Sven Birkerts, Albert Camus, Michael Chabon, Charles D’Ambrosio,Geoff Dyer, William Gass, Robert Hass, Seamus Heaney, HermannHesse, Edward Hirsch, Randall Jarrell, Walter Kirn, Milan Kundera,D. H. Lawrence, Czeslaw Milosz, Vladimir Nabokov, Frank O’Connor,Phyllis Rose, Salman Rushdie, Fred Setterberg, Susan Sontag, WallaceStegner, E. B. White, Oscar Wilde, James Wood, and Virginia Woolf.
The World Within
Claribel Alegría, Sherman Alexie, Tracy Chevalier, Charles D’ Ambrosio, Lydia Davis, AnitaDesai, Roddy Doyle, Rikki Ducornet, Deborah Eisenberg, Ellen Fagg, Nuruddin Farah, AbbieFields, Ben George, Regan Good, Tom Grimes, Ron Hansen, Heather Hartley, Todd Haynes,Denis Johnson, Anna Keesey, Ken Kesey, Tracy Kidder, Heather Larimer, Win McCormack,Christopher Merrill, Rick Moody, Chris Offutt, Carla Perry, Francine Prose, Rachel Resnick,,Marilynne Robinson, Barney Rosset , James Salter, Marjane Satrapi, George Saunders , ElissaSchappell, James Schiff, Wallace Shawn, Jim Shepard, Rob Spillman, Mark Strand, AndersonTepper, and Gus Van Sant.
William Wallace Cook was born in Marshall, Michigan, in 1867. He was the author of a memoir, The Fiction Factory, as well as dozens of Westerns and science-fiction novels, many of which were adapted into films. He was nicknamed “the man who deforested Canada” for the volume of stories he fed into the pulp-magazine mill. He spent five years composing Plotto before finally publishing it in 1928. Cook died in his hometown of Marshall in 1933.