Monday, June 24, 2019

there were so few left

"Nelson [Algren] felt even more isolated among his own generation of radicals because there were so few left. Richard Wright was dead, and no one had heard from Abe Aaron in more than twenty years. Jack Conroy, whom Nelson wasn't speaking to, had retired and returned to Moberly, Missouri, and everyone else had either joined him in obscurity or switched sides. John Dos Passos, one of the most important left-wing writers of the thirties, had become a conservative and a Richard Nixon supporter. John Steinbeck had recently traveled to Vietnam and sent back dispatches praising the war effort. Even Frank Meyer--the Communist Party functionary who scolded Nelson for lacking discipline in 1940--had become a contributor to the National Review and a close friend of William F. Buckley's."

~~ from Colin Asher's Never A Lovely So Real: The Life and Work of Nelson Algren

Friday, June 21, 2019

"other writers can't help you with writing"

"Well, I dunno, I do have the feeling that other writers can't help you with writing," [Nelson] Algren said. "I've gone to writers' conferences and writers' sessions and writers' clinics, and the more I see of them, the more I'm sure it's the wrong direction. It isn't the place where you learn to write. I've always felt strongly that a writer shouldn't be engaged with other writers, or with people who make books, or even with people who read them. I think the farther away you get from literary traffic, the closer you are to sources. I mean, a writer doesn't really live. He observes."

~~ from Colin Asher's Never A Lovely So Real: The Life and Work of Nelson Algren

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