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Harry Crews on getting naked:
"If you’re gonna write, for God in heaven’s sake try to get naked. Try to write the truth. Try to get underneath all the sham, all the excuses, all the lies that you’ve been told. . . . If you’re gonna write fiction, you have to get right on down to it."

"Harry Crews cannot refrain from storytelling. These conversations are blessed with countles
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Published December 7th 1999 by University Press of Florida (first published June 6th 1987)
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Gary
Jul 18, 2009 Gary rated it really liked it




“If you wait until you got time to write a novel, or time to write a story, or time to read the hundred thousands of books you should have already read - if you wait for the time, you will never do it. ‘Cause there ain’t no time; world don’t want you to do that. World wants you to go to the zoo and eat cotton candy, preferably seven days a week.” - Harry Crews

The first time I ever heard of Harry Crews - some 30 years ago now - was when a friend gave me a copy of The Gospel Singer and said, “Do
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wally
Mar 28, 2012 wally rated it it was amazing
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Interesting collection....(there's more?...where are they?)...that Erik Bledsoe edited. The title for this comes from a quote from Crews:

"If you're gonna write, for God in heaven's sake try to get naked. Try to write the truth. Try to get underneath all the sham, all the excuses, all the lies that you've been told...If you're gonna write fiction, you have to get right on down to it."

Verily.

I've been hitting this one here and there, pick and choose....I think I saw that it has 26 interviews...I h
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marcali
Apr 08, 2012 marcali rated it really liked it
hilarious. of course.
Richard
Jul 11, 2008 Richard rated it really liked it
I got to work with Harry Crews at the UF MFA CW program before his retirement, and he is still a teacher whom I would gladly sit at the feet of and pay every respect to.

And this collection of interviews gives one not just a biographic and historic perspective on Harry Crews by giving interviews through Crews' career to offer tidbits of his ideas and progress as he worked through novel after novel, but also provides a good view of the spirit of this man who is currently the last surviving member
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Greg
Sep 08, 2010 Greg rated it really liked it
Some parts interesting but a lot of repetition. Funny how Andrew Lytle was a mentor, nothing alike. Crews and Howard Stern live on the outrageous; the biggest problem derives not from them but the copycats. You can see intelligence in the stupidity of Crews and Stern but few can do the same.
Brandon
Dec 20, 2012 Brandon rated it it was amazing
An awesome collection of interviews with and essays about Harry Crews. I learned a lot about what made the man tick.
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Harry Eugene Crews was born during the Great Depression to sharecroppers in Bacon County, Georgia. His father died when he was an infant and his mother quickly remarried. His mother later moved her sons to Jacksonville, Florida. Crews is twice divorced and is the father of two sons. His eldest son drowned in 1964.

Crews served in the Korean War and, following the war, enrolled at the University of
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