Essayist Paisley Rekdal and author Jeffrey Eugenides came to IC this semester as part of the Department of Writing’s Distinguished Visiting Writers series. Rekdal, author of The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee, talked about Intimate, her hybrid photo-text memoir due out next year, and about the craft of nonfiction writing.
Eugenides, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex, led a writing master class and gave a public reading of his newest work, “Extreme Solitude,” a short story that will appear in a future novel.
Eugenides, who also wrote the wildly popular The Virgin Suicides, advised the IC community to read everything they can because having a strong knowledge base of literature is important for an author.
Writing major Carrie Lynn-Davis ’11 says she learned a lot about research from Eugenides. “When Eugenides wrote Middlesex, he spent just as much time researching the topic of the novel as he did writing it,” she says, “so he stressed the importance of going online and gathering as much relevant information as possible, reading up on experiences.”
The series also brought Matthea Harvey, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in poetry, to campus.
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