A poet and novelist born and raised in Minnesota, Siri Hustvedt is getting the reviews of her career with her latest novel, What I Loved -- a sweeping tale of family and friendship, beginning in the manic SoHo art scene of the 1970s, that "pulses with an electric current of ideas and people," according to the Los Angeles Times.
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New York, New York
Date of Birth:
February 19, 1955
Place of Birth:
B.A. in history, St. Olaf College; Ph.D. in English, Columbia University
|Advice for the Aspiring|
|In our exclusive interview, we asked Hustvedt what words of wisdom she'd offer aspiring writers."Write only what you must write, not what you think you should write," she advises. "People who simply want to turn out a poem, a story, or a novel end up writing badly and their prose resembles the prose of other mediocre books. Good books are a product of necessity, a burning need to say something. They have an urgency that the reader can feel from the start."|
|An Early Inspiration||Hustvedt's Reading Recommendations|
|The Interpretation of Dreams|
Hustvedt also talked with us about some of her all-time favorite books. She reveals that reading Sigmund Freud’s breakthrough work, The Interpretation of Dreams, "made a lasting impression on me as a great work of art and a glimpse into a rigorous and skeptical mind."
We asked Hustvedt to tell us about some of her favorite books. "I joyfully ate up this book on a beach in Guadeloupe many years ago," Hustvedt recalls of Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds. "It is brilliant, funny, and terribly alive." Read on to learn more about Hustvedt's reading recommendations, including: