If you added up all the college education of Steinbeck, Hemingway, Faulkner you’d get almost to spring break of freshman year. …
Contemporary writing … has been influenced by the mid-century French style: psychological. Exploring your inner thoughts.
Most [American] writers today come out of M.F.A. programmes. There they’re taught to “write what you know”. And, wheuw, it is bo-o-ring.