Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process

Joe Fassler, editor
Published in 2017
by Penguin Books

“A life can change in a paragraph, in a turn of a phrase, in a single well-used word.” Light the Dark is a collection of essays exploring inspiration from over forty acclaimed authors, including Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Angela Flournoy, William Gibson, Khaled Hosseini, Yiyun Li, Walter Mosley, Eileen Myles, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Marilynne Robinson. Each writer begins by sharing a favorite passage from literature that has transformed his or her writing life, and then delves into the various ways a powerful encounter with art can shape the creative process and be integrated into one’s own work.


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