Interviews | September 01, 1984


I personally like to resist talking about “literary values.” Always there’s this temptation to think of the New Yorkeras a museum of literature.  That when you’re good enough to get published in The New Yorker, and if you’ve never been published there, then it means that you’re not good enough.  Well, that’s crazy.  There are a lot of great writers who have never appeared in our pages, you know.  We’ve never published Faulkner.  To my great surprise, I discovered recently that we never published Flannery O’Connor.  You know, there’s a lot of reasons somebody may or may not be published here. And to think of this place as the Pantheon of Literature just creates difficulties.

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