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Original Essays | May 1, 2013 5 comments
I'd predict that 99 percent of the small talk in the staff elevator at my library involves the following question and its answers: "Are you reading... Continue »
Erik LarsonDescribe your latest project.
Thunderstruck is a work of narrative nonfiction centered on two converging stories, one about a mild-mannered killer named Hawley Harvey Crippen, the other about the development of wireless by Guglielmo Marconi. The two stories intersect in what may be the most celebrated criminal chase of the twentieth century, eclipsing even O. J. Simpson's freeway odyssey.
If you could choose any story to live in, what story would that be? Why?
What is your favorite literary first line?
Describe the best breakfast of your life.
What is your favorite indulgence, either wicked or benign?
Why do you write?
What do you dislike most?
Who are your favorite characters in history? Have any of them influenced your writing?
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.