Under normal circumstances, I would be ecstatic that the great Barry Hannah gets a mention — any mention — in Newsweek magazine. But this article of Gordon Lish in decline just rubs me the wrong way. I know a number of people who took Lish’s workshop and a couple who were edited by him. So I’ve never been under any illusions about his strong personality and opinions.
Nonetheless, his comment that Raymond Carver was “a fraud. I don’t think he was a writer of any consequence.”
Just a sad article about a once literary icon.