New Yorker stories are so easy to read. Of course, the magazine does run everything through the deflavorizer, following
Samuel Johnson’s immortal advice: “Read what you have written, and when you come across a passage you think
Is particularly fine, strike it out.”
Remnick called to say he wouldn’t renew my contract come September. He said he didn’t like my work. There were those five long stories that were killed.
That’s a lot in three years, he said.
I argued that in all five cases, the quality of the work wasn’t the problem
Writers have problems at the top and the bottom.