What if the Guy With the Red Pencil is Nuts?

Sep 25, 2018
What if the Guy With the Red Pencil is Nuts?

“What kind of big fan were you?” the writer John D’Agata asked as he sat in a cozy booth in a sunny midtown Manhattan diner. “Were you a” — pause — “hater” — pause — “big fan?”

I’d just told Mr. D’Agata how much I’d enjoyed his 2012 book, “The Lifespan of a Fact,” which he wrote with Jim Fingal, seated to his right. I hadn’t realized I’d hit a nerve.