With My Sister, My Love, Joyce Carol Oates, 70, revisits in fictional form the JonBenet Ramsey case (see review, right). Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Since 1978, she has served as Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University.
What is on your nightstand?
A new biography by Brenda Wineapple. It's a dual biography of Emily Dickinson and Wentworth Higginson (White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Wentworth Higginson). I'm also reading Complete Short Stories, Volume 2 by D.H. Lawrence. And the last one is Collected Stories by Tobias Wolff.
Why re-read Lawrence's work?
As a writer, I think it's important to constantly re-read the great writers. I'm sure I'll go back and re-read his first volume as well. It's like an artist who needs to go revisit a museum over and over to see a Rembrandt again and again.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer