Nice to Meet You: Roger Real Drouin, Founder & Executive EditorPosted by on November 7, 2013
This is the first post in our “Nice to Meet You” series, where we introduce our editors to our readers.
What books do you keep reading over and over again?
Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway; Burning Bright by Ron Rash, Audobon’s Guide to North American Birds; Peter Mathessian’s The Snow Leopard, and Shadow Country. As you can tell, I dig the writers who obsess about place.
What kind of writer do you hope to find and publish?
The next Ron Rash or Craig Childs. My dream would be a modern-day Thorou-Kerouac-Hemingway-Robinson.
What’s your all time favorite book?
Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream. I can’t really explain why it’s my favorite; it’s just beautiful, genuine writing. I won’t confess here how many times I’ve read it.
What is something contemporary literature has failed to do?
Capture emotion. Who cares about plot, if there’s no emotion? I want to be there with the characters, not just understand them. I also think a lot of contemporary writers are about speed, and by speed, I mean they don’t slow down to explore that which makes a reader be there with the characters. Sometimes, I feel like there’s a mad, subconscious rush to write the next thing that agents are looking for.