Issue #17, 2001

Between the Lines

This issue of Creative Nonfiction features essays that, among other things, go between the lineswriters writing about writingin a variety of creative and informative contexts.

Novelist Bret Lott speaks out in Against Technique, while Canadian journalist David Hayes analyzes the "inner monologue", an often-debated creative nonfiction technique and tool.

Also in Creative Nonfiction #17, Laurie Stone reflects upon the ebbing and flowing career of even a successful writer; Elena Passarello ruminates on the culture-shattering brilliance of mindless, meaningless rock n’ roll lyrics, and what was going on in the minds of the stars who penned them; Molly Peacock dictates to her readers the beautiful inner-isolation necessary to literary creation; and Micheal Rosenwald profiles John McPhee. 

This issue is out of print.

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR Lee Gutkind ... read more
Selling Indulgence in Corporate Japan Andy Couturier
Being Brians Brian Doyle
Photographic Memory David Rompf
Report From the Food Chain Laurie Stone
Patron Saint of Thrown-Away Things Greg Bottoms
Privacy Lessons Molly Peacock
Ramalamadingdong Elena Passarello ... read more
Just Add Water Scott Belan
The Grounds Crew Stephen Benz
Against Technique Bret Lott ... read more
Penetrating Thoughts: Travels with John McPhee


Scott Belan

Scott Belan is a staff writer for the Nature Conservancy in Durham, N.C. His work has appeared in Wellspring, Indigenous Fiction, and Canoe... read more

Stephen Benz

Stephen Benz is the author of Guatemalan Journey and Green Dreams. He is also the winner of the 1996 Lowell Thomas Society of Travel Award. read more

Greg Bottoms

Greg Bottoms is the author of Angelhead: My Brother's Descent Into Madness (University of Chicago Press), an Esquire "Book of the Year" in... read more

Andy Couturier

Andy Couturier is the author of Writing Open the Mind (Ulysses Press, 2005), A Different Kind of Luxury (Stonebridge Press, 2010), and... read more

Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle was the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon and the author of many books of essays and fiction... read more

Daniel Hayes

Daniel Hayes is a freelance writer in Toronto and is on the faculty of the School of Journalism at Ryerson Polytechnic University. read more

Bret Lott

Bret Lott is the author of nine novels, three story collections and two books of essays: Fathers, Sons and Brothers and Before We Get... read more

Elena Passarello

When "Ramalamadingdong" was first published, Elena Passarello told Creative Nonfiction that her favorite lyricists were... read more

Molly Peacock

Molly Peacock is the author of the memoir Paradise, Piece by Piece (Riverhead 1998) and editor of the book of essays The Private I: Privacy... read more

David Rompf

David Rompf's essays and stories have appeared in Harvard Review, Missouri Review, Berkeley Fiction Review and many other publications. He... read more

Michael Rosenwald

Michael Rosenwald is a staff writer at The Washington Post. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Smithsonian, ... read more

Laurie Stone

Laurie Stone is author of the novel "Starting with Serge" (Doubleday 1990) and the nonfiction books "Laughing in the Dark" (Ecco 1997) and... read more