The Writing Life,
Annie Dillard wrote,
I have been looking into schedules. Even when we read physics, we inquire of each least particle, What then shall I do this morning? How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.
On the first of each month, a guest writer shares how he or she spends the day.
October 1, 2012: Natalie Serber
I first heard of Natalie Serber when I read her story, “Shout Her Lovely Name,” on the Hunger Mountain website. Her first book Shout Her Lovely Name was recently published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I had the pleasure of reviewing it in a review gone sideways.
Here’s an excerpt from my review:
I have to tell you, I fell into the lives of these characters fast and hungry—the same way I fall into a novel. Not that these stories read like micro-novels in the way that Alice Munro stories often cover wide expanses of time. Instead, from the opening sentences of a story, I felt as immersed in the life of a character as if someone had torn out eighteen pages from the middle of a novel and passed them over to me. As if the beginning and end of the story were elsewhere.
More on Shout Her Lovely Name
Come back on October 1st to read how Natalie Serber spends her days.