Friday, July 20, 2012

"Almost Every Other Book You Ever Read Will Suck"

Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, writes about his experience studying short fiction by Amy Hempel (who reads tonight 7/20 at the Summer Writers Institute in Saratoga) in a writing workshop early on in his career:

"WHEN YOU STUDY MINIMALISM IN THE NOVELIST Tom Spanbauer's workshop, the first story you read is Amy Hempel's The Harvest. After that, you're ruined. I'm not kidding. You go there, and almost every other book you ever read will suck. All those thick, third-person, plot-driven books torn from the pages of today's news -- after Amy Hempel, you'll save yourself a lot of time and money."

Read more in L.A. Weekly.

Amy Hempel shares the stage with Pulitzer-winning poet Richard Howard on Friday, July 20th, 8PM, Davis Audiorium, Palamountain Hall, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga. Free.

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