On Writers

Daphne interviews Mavis Gallant – Paris Review

Soon after quitting journalism, Gallant left for Europe to try to make her living as a full-time fiction writer: “I believed that if I was to call myself a writer, I should live on writing. If I could not live on it, even simply, I should destroy every scrap, every trace, every notebook and live some other way.”

The Art of Reading Gina Berriault – Poets & Writers

Andre Dubus called her “one of our best and most neglected writers,” yet Berriault seems to have viewed that neglect as a connective force. She once noted, “Obscurity isn’t so dreadful, after all, once you see that you’re not the only one who’s unknown, once you accept that you’re as unknowable by the world as the world is unknowable by you.”