Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. Surprising myself, I entered a few poems into a (low-fee) contest a few days ago, hours before the deadline. Results should be announced in a few weeks.

2. Speaking of poems: I’m making progress on some of the interviews-by-email and guest posts that are part of the pre-publication promotion work for Birthright. (And none too soon! Less than a month to go to Pub Date!)

3. Among the readings I’ve assigned my students this semester is Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America. Which means that I’ve just finished re-reading this novel myself. I knew that it was good when I read it back in 2004. But now, I’m just stunned by how extraordinary it is—on the sentence level, and on the story level.