I Have to Ask

I Have to Ask: The James Wood Edition

The New Yorker literary critic on writing novels and reading bad men.

James Wood
James Wood.

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James Wood is the New Yorker’s chief literary critic and the author of the new novel Upstate. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the complicated legacies of Philip Roth and Tom Wolfe, whether a critical eye is helpful in fiction writing, and the complications involved in reading the novels of bad men.

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