ND: What do you think it is about America that we don’t care about our writers?It should not go unmentioned that What Happened Here contains a compelling indictment of the Bush regime’s Iraq blunder, What I Heard about Iraq, that playwright Simon Levy adapted as What I Heard about Iraq: A Cry for Six Voices.
EW: I think it comes from the Calvinist tradition that art is a waste of time. It’s only not a waste of time if you can make real money, or win a big prizewhich is how the arts are mainly reported. Or, in the new instant celebrity culture, if you’re super good-looking. When you have something like the PEN Festival in New York, the place is full of foreign journalists filing long articles on the panel discussions, etc., and not a single reporter from the New York Times or any other American paper.
Writing About Writers
Talking With Elliot Weinberger
The literary man for all seasons is interviewed