John Maier

Punk Parenting



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On the Road, famously, was written in just one month, and secured Truman Capote yet another entry in the Oxford Companion of Bitchy Put-downs when he remarked, ‘That’s not writing, that’s typing.’ Nell Zink, it seems, shares Kerouac’s metabolism, having turned out several of her previous novels inside four weeks. ‘No one expected Rembrandt to spend 10 years on a fucking painting. He could do it in a day and a half’, Zink argues. Still, speed is a hazardous thing, and Doxology, her latest novel, has a seams-on-show, first-draft wildness about it.

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