Sunday, January 02, 2011

The writer's radar

In today's Chronicle, Herb Gold talks about the time in Havana when he didn't meet Ernest Hemingway. But he did meet George Plimpton, who was there doing the Hemingway interview for the Paris Review. You can read the interview on the Paris Review's website, where you can now find all the interviews.

The most memorable quotation from the Hemingway interview: "The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector. This is the writer’s radar and all great writers have had it."