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In this widely praised anthology, twenty-six writers illuminate the motivations at the heart of their creative lives in original essays that are as surprising and varied as their fiction. The contributors range from literary lions to rising stars and include: Pat Conroy, Mary Gaitskill, Norman Mailer, Rick Moody, Terry McMillan, David Foster Wallace, Mark Jacobsen and many more.


Shrewd and poignant revelations about the process and the pain.
These brief essays often amount to writers stripping themselves shivering naked, and answering, with truth and emotion, that very personal very private question.
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