Welcome to Late Night Conversation. This week Paul’s guest is Robert Boswell, author of twelve books, most recently the novel Tumbledown published in August by Graywolf Press.
At issue in tonight’s episode: Should writers prioritize the act of publishing, and how much should writers know about the book industry?
Paul and Robert also discuss the importance of exploring familiar territories in news ways and inventing new forms, boredom as the enemy and the value of self-judgment, the advantages of living and writing in a ghost town, and Robert’s use of an intentionally unreliable omniscient point of view in Tumbledown.
“There’s no shortage of cruelty in the world, and certainly there’s no shortage of cruelty in the literary world. In some ways it’s a tough life, but if you invest in the right part of it, it’s not.”
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About our guest:
Robert is the author of twelve books, most recently the novel Tumbledown published in August by Graywolf Press. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, Esquire, Ploughshares, and many other magazines. He shares the Cullen Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston with his wife, Antonya Nelson.