The boy’s life is not the man’s

Tim Adams talks to Tobias Wolff about his life since the publication of This Boy’s Life, and admits to spending much of their lunchtime conversation “trying to catch glimpses of the child within the man.” He goes on:

Wolff’s new book, Old School, which dwells on his formative literary influences as a writer, is about just these kind of expectations – about the way in which anyone with any ambition to write for a living locks on to sympathetic voices in writers they admire, and narrows the distance between the work and the man. In some respects, too, it is the sequel to This Boy’s Life, which ended with Wolff applying to a series of elite East Coast schools from his home in Concrete, trying to escape the life in which he found himself.


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