Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation

Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation

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In Magic Hours, award-winning essayist Tom Bissell explores the highs and lows of the creative process. He takes us from the set of The Big Bang Theory to the first novel of Ernest Hemingway to the final work of David Foster Wallace; from the films of Werner Herzog to the film of Tommy Wiseau to the editorial meeting in which Paula Fox's work was relaunched into the world. Originally published in magazines such as The Believer, The New Yorker, and Harper's, these… (more)

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“Literature” — there’s another word that keeps popping up in surprising contexts in “Magic Hours.” For example, in this aperçu from Matthew Arnold: that journalism is “literature in a hurry.” It struck me so forcefully, when I encountered it, that I thought I’d write it down for safekeeping. Then, as I was transferring it to my notebook, I remembered Ezra Pound’s corollary: that “literature is news that stays news.” By and large, “Magic Hours” lingers, enjoyably, somewhere in between. But its closing pages suggest that Bissell has lit out in earnest for the latter. Here’s hoping the rest of us have the good sense to follow him.

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Publisher: McSweeney's, Believer Books (April 12, 2012)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 256 pages

File size: 394 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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