From the list on characters’ life of feeling and cultural context.
Who am I?
Nothing about the art of writing is more interesting to me—as both reader and writer—than the power of language to open, or to enhance, or to teach, our perceptions about life and about living in the richest emotional and thoughtful ways possible. My own Sweetbitter is my major effort at imagining in language or with language as a kind of perception. Our intuitions are immensely valuable, when we can catch hold of them; for the writer, the process of imagining and articulating is a kind of method of deepening our perceptiveness and our intuitions. My books of poems, also, are a necessary—for me—practice of the art of writing.
Reginald's book list on characters’ life of feeling and cultural context
Discover why each book is one of Reginald's favorite books.
Why did Reginald love this book?
I don’t think I could have written my book had I not read Morrison’s extraordinary, brilliant Beloved.
From her book, I learned how to create the historical setting in which characters live, suffer, love, and die. In her novel I also learned the profound capacity of language to create what seems utterly real, even though it is imagined. And real in very complex, dazzlingly full, amazingly perceptive, penetrating, ways.
Style is a novelist’s presence or even identity on the page, and while, for a writer of fiction, imitating some other writer’ style never really works, and is anyway a sort of crutch, there is so much richness in the great writers (like Morrison) that probably every writer who has read Beloved has learned from that book—reading it not only as a person but also a great artist of prose.