From The Book Bench:
The following excerpt is taken from Ann Beattie’s new book, “Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life,” a portion of which appeared in The New Yorker. “Mrs. Nixon” is a portrait of the former First Lady that blends fiction and fact with a meditation on the writer’s task. Beattie herself appears in the text, questioning and critiquing her engagement with her subject. By writing herself in, Beattie told Deborah Treisman earlier this year, “I hoped to get close to the truth, but my own writerly instincts may have obscured her as much as her own banal pronouncements.”
Here are Beattie’s Truths About Writers, Rarely Discussed:
See the list at the above link.