I first heard of THE ART OF FIELDING when, late on a Friday night, AmyG directed me to an article in the latest Vanity Fair she called “writer porn.” And jesus people, who among us can pass up writer porn?
AmyG was right. If you haven’t read this long and detailed piece about how THE ART OF FIELDING came to be, stop reading this post and get ye straight to the magazine and read Keith Gessen’s phenomenal essay. (in the print magazine only, sorry) I’ve never read a better, more detailed and intriguing drama about how a book was written, re-written, discovered, agented, edited, negotiated, sold, marketed and, finally, set out into the world.
The writer, Chad Harbach, is also a co-founder and editor of N+1, one of my favorite lit mags. Here’s an 8 minute review on NPR’s All Things Considered. Chad wrote this book long-hand; he says he finds writing on the screen paralyzing. There’s a thought. He’s got me thinking, this Chad Harbach character, thinking about baseball and expectations and writing and success and MOBY-DICK and tragedy and secrets and long sagas and the art of great story telling.
Who wants to read this with me?