Apologies to Michael Chabon, but this made my day

From Pub lunch. I adore Chabon’s writing. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay was a fantastic book. So, if he struggles and overwrites and needs to rework, then by golly, there’s hope for me. I should be so talented, but still. I can’t help thinking that the real writers, writers like Chabon, never overwrite or mis-assess their work or every go awry. I bet this book when it comes out will totally rock. I can’t wait!

Editing Chabon
Today’s WSJ looks at the editing process for Michael Chabon’s forthcoming YIDDISH POLICEMAN’S UNION. An on-sale date was set by the end of the 2005 until "his editor slammed on the brakes." Chabon says, "I shudder now when I think that I would have published the old draft." With guidance from Harper’s Courtney Hodell, Chabon "spent about eight months reworking the entire book." She tells the Journal, "He’s a writer of terrific extravagance in the language but great subtlety on the emotional side. A lot of what I was doing was coaxing him to come a little closer to the reader." Chabon admits, "I do overwrite. And this book needed a lot of chopping."


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