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A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors

by Annie Liontas (Editor), Jeff Parker (Editor)

Other authors: Ken Babstock (Contributor), Polina Barskova (Contributor), Aimee Bender (Contributor), Megan Mayhew Bergman (Contributor), Jedediah Berry (Contributor)62 more, Kevin Canty (Contributor), Mary Caponegro (Contributor), Ron Carlson (Contributor), Byron Case (Contributor), Diane Cook (Contributor), Tony D'Souza (Contributor), Erica Dawson (Contributor), Nathan Deuel (Contributor), Stephen Elliott (Contributor), Jon Paul Fiorentino (Contributor), Tibor Fischer (Contributor), Arthur Flowers (Contributor), Nick Flynn (Contributor), James Franco (Contributor), Mary Gaitskill (Contributor), Frank X. Gaspar (Contributor), Anya Groner (Contributor), Sheila Heti (Contributor), Tony Hoagland (Contributor), Noy Holland (Contributor), Pam Houston (Contributor), Christine Hume (Contributor), Mikhail Iossel (Contributor), Tayari Jones (Contributor), Roy Kesey (Contributor), Stefan Kiesbye (Contributor), Leonid Kostyukov (Contributor), Maya Lang (Contributor), Scott Laughlin (Contributor), Adam Levin (Contributor), Annie Liontas (Contributor), Sam Lipsyte (Contributor), Carmen Maria Machado (Contributor), Michael Martone (Contributor), Edie Meidav (Contributor), Peter Meinke (Contributor), Maaza Mengiste (Contributor), Lee Montgomery (Contributor), Sabina Murray (Contributor), Josip Novakovich (Contributor), Alissa Nutting (Contributor), Jay Parini (Contributor), Richard Poplak (Contributor), Padgett Powell (Contributor), Dawn Raffel (Contributor), Paisley Rekdal (Contributor), Henry Rollins (Contributor), Rodrigo Rey Rosa (Contributor), Davy Rothbart (Contributor), George Saunders (Contributor), Christine Schutt (Contributor), George Singleton (Contributor), Aleksandr Skidan (Contributor), Mike Spry (Contributor), Mecca Jamilah Sullivan (Contributor), Rosemary Sullivan (Contributor), Peter Trachtenberg (Contributor), Deb Olin Unferth (Contributor), Douglas Unger (Contributor), Tobias Wolff (Contributor), C. Dale Young (Contributor), Rui Zink (Contributor)

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"What do the punk singer Henry Rollins, the Guatemalan writer Rodrigo Rey Rosa, the American authors Tobias Wolff, Tayari Jones, and George Saunders, the Canadian writer Sheila Heti, and the Russian poet Polina Barskova have in common? At some point they all studied the art of writing deeply with someone. The nearly seventy short essays in A Manner of Being, by some of the best contemporary writers from around the world, pay homage to mentors--the writers, teachers, nannies, and sages--who enlighten, push, encourage, and sometimes hurt, fail, and limit their protégés. There are mentors encountered in the schoolhouse and on farms, in NYC and in MFA programs; mentors who show up exactly when needed, offering comfort, a steadying hand, a commiseration, a dose of tough love. This collection is rich with anecdotes from the heartfelt to the salacious, gems of writing advice, and guidance for how to live the writing life in a world that all too often doesn't care whether you write or not. Each contribution is intimate and distinct--yet a common theme is that mentors model a manner of being."--Publisher's description.… (more)
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Schutt, ChristineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"What do the punk singer Henry Rollins, the Guatemalan writer Rodrigo Rey Rosa, the American authors Tobias Wolff, Tayari Jones, and George Saunders, the Canadian writer Sheila Heti, and the Russian poet Polina Barskova have in common? At some point they all studied the art of writing deeply with someone. The nearly seventy short essays in A Manner of Being, by some of the best contemporary writers from around the world, pay homage to mentors--the writers, teachers, nannies, and sages--who enlighten, push, encourage, and sometimes hurt, fail, and limit their protégés. There are mentors encountered in the schoolhouse and on farms, in NYC and in MFA programs; mentors who show up exactly when needed, offering comfort, a steadying hand, a commiseration, a dose of tough love. This collection is rich with anecdotes from the heartfelt to the salacious, gems of writing advice, and guidance for how to live the writing life in a world that all too often doesn't care whether you write or not. Each contribution is intimate and distinct--yet a common theme is that mentors model a manner of being."--Publisher's description.

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