where the writers are


For me the sound of English comes from Shakespeare on the east side of the Atlantic and Mark Twain here on the west side. My favorite classic writers (meaning dead) are Faulkner, Dostoevsky, Chehkov, Flannery O'Connor, Proust, Joyce, Wharton, Hesse, Updike and Hemingway (the short stories and The Old Man and the Sea.) I've also spent a lot of time reading and rereading the Bible and Homer. Among living writers, I admire William Gass, Alice Munro, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa.