Critical Outtakes: Discussions With Writers

October, 2010

From the Critical Mass Archives: Gunter Grass Talks to John Freeman about “Peeling the Onion”

by John Freeman | Oct-21-2010

On July 5, 2007, Critical Mass published John Freeman's interview with Günter Grass, whose memoir Peeling the Onion, which described his journey to becoming...read »

September, 2009

Truman Capote on Criticism

by Rebecca Skloot | Sep-11-2009

Interviewer: Do you think criticism helps any? Truman Capote: Before publication, and if provided by persons whose judgment you trust, yes, of course...read »

January, 2009

Remembering John Updike: James Marcus Talks with Updike about his “Bech” Novels

by Jane Ciabattari | Jan-27-2009

National Book Critics Circle board member James Marcus interviewed John Updike in 1998 about his “Bech” novels: In 1970 John Updike unleashed his Jewish...read »

January, 2008

Critical Outtakes: Geraldine Brooks on Reporting and Storytelling

by admin | Jan-06-2008

LAST WEEK, Geraldine Brooks published "People of the Book," her first novel since winning the Pulitzer for "March."It is a lovely, fascinating, and...read »

October, 2007

Q&A: John Updike on Reviewing

by admin | Oct-25-2007

Twenty-four years ago John Updike won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism for "Hugging the Shore." This week as "Due...read »

Doris Lessing Wins Nobel

by admin | Oct-11-2007

THIS MORNING, Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize for Literature. A little over a year or ago I visited her in her tall, narrow, shambling North London home...read »

September, 2007

Critical Outtakes: George Saunders on Travel

by admin | Sep-12-2007

Q: You strike a folksy, Midwestern tone in "The Braindead Megaphone," but clearly you have also traveled to Pakistan and other countries. Can you talk about...read »

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