Roger Rosenblatt has always been one of my favorite essayists. As you can see below, he doesn't like to waste words. So I won't, either.
Roger Rosenblatt: After 40 years of teaching I've recently learned how to do it. So I thought it might be useful to share it.
JG: What surprised you the most during the writing process?
RR: How much I cared for the craft of writing, and for my miserable, ungrateful students.
JG: What would you be doing if you weren't a writer?
RR: I'd play jazz piano in a bar. Anything but work.
JG: What else are you reading right now?
RR: Re-reading the poems of C.K. Williams and Adrienne Rich.
JG: What's next for you?
RR: A meditation on grief and love called "Kayak Morning." It'll be out next year.
For more on "Unless It Moves the Human Heart," visit the HarperCollins website.