Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter read new works in progress, pick their favorite books and movies from 2014, and answer a delicate listener question.
“It destroyed me and it immediately launched me into reworking and beginning again on a family memoir that I’d started 12 years ago.”
– Sherman Alexie on how Julian Barnes’ memoir Levels of Life affected him in 2014
“I don’t think most people are really asking what we think they’re asking. I think so many writers, especially young writers, are looking for some sort of validation. They’re looking to hear what’s right about what they’re doing.”
– Jess Walter on writers who ask for a critique