Keith Gessen, Nathaniel Rich: I’m sorry I trashed your novels
I write. It is what I have always done, searching for what Robert Frost called "a momentary stay against confusion."
But I want more than just wisdom -- every writer does, outside the most hopeless of naïfs. Like most of my fellow scribes, I also yearn for fame, greatness and immortality, preferably in that order. Allow me to be immodest: I would like to write the best thing about Brooklyn since William Styron's "Sophie's Choice" and a campus novel to rival Donna Tartt's "The Secret History." I would also like to write a play and perhaps some poetry, if there is time.