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Writers’ Reel: Happy Birthday Joyce Carol Oates!

The celebrated author Joyce Carol Oates (Black WaterWhat I Lived For) turned 76 yesterday. Let’s honor the day by watching her talk about her writing process in this New Yorker video. Joyce, who was a PEN Center USA 2012 Literary Awards Festival Honoree, shares where she works, how revision relaxes her, and her experience of the act of observing.
“As a writer, I’m really kind of a formalist. I’m interested in various kinds of form. I’m interested in language, structure. And when I think of a story I think of the appropriate or the ideal language.” - Joyce Carol Oates