By Tobias Carroll 4 min read
A biography of Peter Matthiessen would by necessity elude some of the conventions of the form, but given the vitality of his work, that seems entirely appropriate.
By Nathan Gelgud 2 min read
Reading "The Selected Letters of William Styron," one senses that every important writer of the era will at some point stroll through its pages. The book contains anecdotes about nearly any man or woman of letters who was alive during Styron’s time, and he’s often tickled by them. “Oh yes,” Styron writes from Paris, “finally I saw Truman Capote in the Café Flore and he was obviously perfectly furious that no one recognized him.”