“Prose is like glass in this respect. The bigger you go, the more opportunities for cracks. We cut more ambitious works slack not out of pity but in just measurement. There are places, like pressures, to which you can’t go without a little weakening of the structure.”
Read more of what we’re loving this week, including Southern editor John Jeremiah Sullivan on James Agee, the East Village Eye, and George Packer’s The Unwinding.