Roger Rosenblatt on the craft and art of writing

"Unless It Moves the Human Heart" by Roger Rosenblatt
Harper Collins Publisher, Chip Cooper
Roger Rosenblatt,
"Unless It Moves the Human Heart" by Roger Rosenblatt
HarperCollins, Chip Cooper

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.

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