Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wallace Stegner @ 100

Read Timothy Egan's tribute to Wallace Stegner in today's NYT.

If I could really write, I'd write like Stegner.

Stegner, Bellow, Brustein, Howe (Irving), McCarthy (Cormac), McEwan--these are the guys I like, a fact which both dates me and reveals me to be an unremitting humanist,  impatient with unthinking sentimentality, on the one hand, and cold intellectualism, on the other.