Monthly Archives: November 2010

Englander and Hempel Bonus Links

Bonus upon bonus:

Amy Hempel profiled by USAArtists on YouTube

Hempel’s 2006 interview in The Atlantic

Rivka Galchen interviews Nathan Englander in Bomb Magazine

Englander’s official webpage

Amy Hempel’s “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” and Nathan Englander’s “In This Way We Are Wise”

Please address one or more of the following questions in your response.  Remember to keep these brief–about a paragraph or so in length.

1)  How do Hempel and Englander make their narrators’ anxiety apparent?  One way of answering this might be to look at the stories’ structural similarities — how the scenes are arranged, how transitions are handled, etc.

2)  Both of the writers are using elements from “real life.”  Englander is an American who lived for several years in Jerusalem in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and Hempel’s story is dedicated to the woman who provided the model for the sick friend.  With that in mind, are these honest stories?  Why or why not?

Extra bonus points if you can come up with a relationship between “honesty” and structure . . .

Bharati Mukherjee Bonus Links

If you’re interested:

Mukherjee’s essay, “On Being an American Writer

A 2002 interview from Powells

Bharati Mukherjee’s “The Management of Grief”

Please address one or more of the following questions in your response.  Remember to keep these brief–about a paragraph or so in length.

1) How does Mukherjee reveal the enormity of the narrator’s loss over the first page and a half?

2) Is the tone consistent throughout this story?  How so (or how not), and why (or why not)?