The PEN Ten
The PEN Ten is PEN America's biweekly interview series curated by Lauren Cerand.
I was at dinner with my folks the other night, and my dad was telling me about a time I was about five, and we were in another country, and I was gazing up at a giant old building with a checkerboard of lit-up apartments, and how I kept wondering...Read More  »
Writers or rather our works begin the conversations about the difficult, unanswerable subjects of life, and often our works keep the conversations going when everyone else would rather forget. We are the antidote to bread and circuses. Read More  »
Writers and storytellers as a whole are curators of our common humanity. This is difficult because we curate not just the good, but also the bad, the totality that makes us beautiful. That and surrendering your ego to the story so it finds its way...Read More  »
At some point recently I realized I mostly read about assassins. Assassins and sex work—in particular, I'm fascinated by the new porn narratives, the way porn has moved on to something like Reality TV—episodic, personal, and usually on the web Read More  »
The writer might have no responsibilities whatsoever, but the translator has only responsibilities—or at least that’s the popular perception. That’s why we’re always failing—according, again, to the popular perception. It’s not, of course, how I...Read More  »