Back in Action

I am back at home after a couple of days in New York, where I met with my editor, my agent, caught up with some good friends, and stopped by Columbia to attend the CJR panel on book reviewing (podcast here.) On the plane over, I read James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, which for some reason I had never read before. I’ve said before that writing a novel is like having a religion: you see signs everywhere. I felt like this book came at the right time for me; it’s helped me see how a character’s tortured inner life can be dissected and every feeling, every thought, every impulse recorded. Pretty stunning.