From lies to forgeries the step is not so long, and I have written technical essays on the logic of forgeries and on the influence of forgeries on history.
Logic Influence I
I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I'm going to be if I grow up.
Used Had Ours
I think the pattern of my essays is, A funny thing happened to me on my way through Finnegans Wake.
Funny Happened Way
Drama school is fundamentally practical. I didn't write any essays, so I came out with a BA honors degree in acting.
I Came Came
The essays are different because ultimately it's things I'm interested in, and I'm really just writing about myself and using those subjects as a prism.
Just Essays Subjects
Sometimes I read reviews, and without exception I will read critical essays that are sent to me. The critical essays are interesting on their own terms.
Exception Me Reviews
There are some fine books and essays about that. Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and the role that society gives its writers - encouraging them to die.
I am waiting impatiently for the day when beleaguered, like-minded academics can order James Wolcott's collected essays for their classes.
Am Day Academics
I sort of was good at writing essays. I was never very good at mathematics, and I was never very good at algebra. I loved science, but I wasn't sure of it.
Sure Science Never
My high-school papers, my college-application essays, read like Norman Mailer packed in a crunchy-peanut-butter sandwich.
Mailer Packed High-School
I love to run smart essays and commentary. But it doesn't replace the other kind of reporting.
Smart Kind I Love
Maybe I will write a memoir, perhaps I'll do some essays, or maybe I will write a mystery story.