Chris Kraus, Lynne Tillman, Sheila Heti, and others discuss, among other things, if there is 'healthy narcissism'
“All of us, one way or another in our statements have been saying ‘We disagree with the question,’” Kraus said, summarizing the brief opening essays each panelist had read. “To turn this into a topic is to just reinforce the otherness and the marginalization of female writers.” Fortunately, though, Kraus herself later offered a strong rejoinder. “If you’re being forced into a marginal and other position as a speaker and a writer, then you have no choice but to write and to speak from that position."
“It’s really interesting to have your characters tell you that you did it wrong,” Heti said, acknowledging Williamson’s collaboration on the book. “It’s really useful.” Heti read from her book’s prologue. The line “these are my fucking contemporaries!” earned the biggest laugh, from an audience of Heti’s contemporaries. “Maybe I’ll answer a few questions and then we’ll go back to lining up for beers,” Heti said after she had finished. The first question, alas, was not a question; it was a command to “talk more about” the difficulty of male-female relationships.