Jane Smiley – When a novel has 200,000…

When a novel has 200,000 words, then it is possible for the reader to experience…


“When a novel has 200,000 words, then it is possible for the reader to experience 200,000 delights, and to turn back to the first page of the book and experience them all over again, perhaps more intensely.”
-Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley – In the traditional urban novel…

In the traditional urban novel, there is only survival or not. The suburban idea, the…


“In the traditional urban novel, there is only survival or not. The suburban idea, the conformist idea, that agony can be seen to and cured by doctors or psychoanalysis or self-knowledge is nowhere to be found in the city. Talking is a way of life, but it is not a cure. Same with religion.”
-Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley – There are hundreds of Frank…

There are hundreds of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings around the United States and in other…


“There are hundreds of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings around the United States and in other countries, too. Wright lived into his 90s, and one of his most famous buildings, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, was completed just before his death. Wright buildings look like Wright buildings – that is their paradox.”
-Jane Smiley