Issue #39, Fall 2010


This issue of Creative Nonfiction pays tribute to Norman Mailer and Gay Talese, pioneers of the genre, and features new essays by new writers (and a couple veterans). To round out the issue, there's a miserablish columnist, a defense of curmudgeonry and a bold argument in favor of navel-gazing.

This issue is out of print.


From the issue:

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR Lee Gutkind ... read more
ENCOUNTER: Norman Mailer Lee Gutkind
A Connoisseur of Narrative Forms J. Michael Lennon
The Earthy, Unforgettable Mailer Doris Kearns Goodwin
A new (vaguely unpleasant) type of literary déjà vu Heidi Julavits
What's so awful about navel-gazing? Robin Hemley ... read more
The Heart Jerald Walker
Fragile Greta Schuler
Why I Run Rachael Button
Final Cascade John Gilmore
Apology John Nosco
End of the Line Jim Kennedy
The Writer as Curmudgeon Phillip Lopate
Eight Questions You Would Ask If I Told You My Name Ayşe Papatya Bucak
The Woman
Twitter Micro-essays
Foot-long subs Peter Ginna ... read more


Ayşe Papatya Bucak

Ayşe Papatya Bucak teaches in the MFA program at Florida Atlantic University. Her prose has appeared in a variety of journals including... read more

Rachael Button

Rachael Button is a student in Iowa State University's MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Environment. As an undergraduate, she ran... read more

Toi Derricotte

Toi Derricotte's most recent book is The Undertaker's Daughter. Her honors include the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained... read more

John Gilmore

John Gilmore is the managing editor of the online book review collaborative Tottenville Review. He currently holds a Norman Mailer... read more

Peter Ginna

Peter Ginna is an editor and publisher. He is the author of What Editors Do, published in 2017. read more

Robin Hemley

Robin Hemley is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction and the winner of a number of awards including two Pushcart Prizes, the... read more

Heidi Julavits

Heidi Julavits is the author of three novels, most recently The Uses of Enchantment. She is a founding co-editor of The Believer. read more

Jim Kennedy

Jim Kennedy is a student in the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College. He lives in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, where he... read more

Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate's nonfiction books include essay collections (Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, Portrait of My Body); film criticism... read more

John Nosco

John Nosco lives in New York and is a student at Columbia Law School. "Apology" is the seventh chapter of "Damage," a... read more

Greta Schuler

Greta Schuler is an MFA candidate at American University in Washington, D.C. Her experiences in southern Africa, particularly her volunteer... read more

Jerald Walker

Jerald Walker is the author of The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult and Street Shadows: A Memoir of... read more