A Conversation with Sven Birkerts Essayist and critic Sven Birkerts is the author of five books of essays and a memoir, My Sky Blue Trades. His The Gutenberg Elegies will be reissued this fall. A book on formative novels and a reflection on the craft of memoir are forthcoming from Graywolf Press. Editor of the literary journal AGNI and member of the Core Faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars, Birkerts teaches writing at Harvard. He lives with his family in Arlington, Massachusetts. William Giraldi interview Interviewer: I'm interested to know what direction your work has taken since the publication of your memoir, My Sky Blue Trades. Are you back to critical writing or still reckoning with your past? Birkerts: Odd that you should frame it as an either/or because I feel like whatever I'm doing since the memoir is trying to be a both/and. I'll explain that in a minute. But I need to talk about that memoir first because it was, for me, a writing experience like no other. I mean, I'd been slugging out reviews and literary essays since 1979, going at a pretty hard clip, possibly wearing myself out with that kind of writing, though
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Sep 11, 2006
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