Roddy Doyle on E.L. DoctorowRoddy Doyle
I always read. My memory tells me—it insists—that I read every waking hour. I’d wake up with a book on my face.
At age fourteen I was given a small paperback with a patriotic cover: Contemporary American Poetry, edited by Donald Hall.
On Samuel BeckettRick Moody
In freshman year of college, I was first exposed to Samuel Beckett’s novel Murphy. For a guy who had mainly been reading science...
On Thomas WolfePhilip Roth
In 1949, when I was sixteen, I stumbled on Thomas Wolfe, who died at thirty-eight in 1938, and who made numerous adolescents aside from me devotees...
On Toni MorrisonMartha Southgate
I was in college and had an unexpected lull between things I had, had, had to read. Though I’d always been a voracious reader, I did very little...