This week’s catch from around the web:
How do you write historical figures in your novels?
My unvarying approach to anything is to read the most primary and proximate material that I can find. I try to be discreet in my use of historical figures. My John Brown is only a voice heard in the darkness.
• Robinson’s new novel, Home, reviewed by A.O. Scott in The New York Times: “a wild, eccentric, radical work of literature.”
• Their father was a spy, after all: Robert and Michael Meeropol discuss the latest evidence in the 55-year old case against their executed parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
• Junot Díaz’s lecture at our 2008 Seminar was a brilliant and unexpectable investigation of the dangers inherent in authorial voice. They’re still talking about it in the Silicon Valley, too.
• Robert Stone reviews Dexter Filkins’s The Forever War