Critical Linking: October 16th, 2012

She writes the books in collage – distinct, hermetic scenes that she then arranges and rearranges and stitches together to make a whole, though the overall architecture is always in her mind and she has the chronology to lean on.

Mantel’s process is fascinating.

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This is why novels are magic, and why they’re not only worth celebrating: at some level it’s probably necessary that we celebrate them. They are invented untruths, but without those untruths – those literal lies – we’d be severely limited in what we could ever understand about our real selves.

Just because something didn’t happen, it doesn’t mean it’s not true.

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I’m not always so benevolent. When Thomas Mallon gave one of my novels a lacerating review, I retaliated by reshelving him. I snatched him from his place beside an author I thought he might enjoy — David Malouf — and wedged him instead alongside Toni Morrison, hoping that her liberal feminism might prove a thorn in his conservative spine.

I would listen to a DVD commentary-style track of Geraldine Brooks shelving her books.

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“The next thing I publish is likely to be a book for children.”

Let the Rowling speculation begin.

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