David Rakoff: Why I Write (And Why It Only Gets Harder)

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When I read David Rakoff's latest book, Half Empty, perhaps no passage stood out quite like the author's description of a typical day's writing. Suffice to say, it's not a vocational endorsement that MFA programs will be citing in promotional brochures anytime soon.

A month or so later, during Wordstock, Rakoff sat down to talk. My first question arose naturally enough: Why do you write?

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