By the time Joan of Arc was 16 and had proclaimed herself the virgin warrior sent by God to deliver France from her enemies, the English, she had been receiving the counsel of angels for three years.
By: Kathryn Harrison
The least likely of military leaders, Joan of Arc changed the course of the Hundred Years War and of history.
Joan of Arc was born 600 years ago. Six centuries is a long time to continue to mark the birth of a girl who, according to her family and friends, knew little more than spinning and watching over her fathers flocks.
Like all holy figures whose earthly existence separates them from the broad mass of humanity, a saint is a story, and Joan of Arcs is like no other.
In terms of going back and forth between fiction and nonfiction - in which Ill include memoir, biography, and true crime - is that one relieves the other.
I think in terms of the parents that I had, I sort of drew a bad hand, or bad karma; who knows? And I did have a family that was complicated, with some quite eccentric members. So there was a lot of grist there.
Because the kind of nonfiction I write has a plot, the events and transactions that make up a life, nonfiction offers me a break from plotting.
I have at last admitted that not only was I angry with my mother, but, in fact, I wanted to destroy her as a child. And I was so concerned to be a woman who was different from my mother that I had this vast architecture of rules.
Shorter work - personal essays and book reviews - allow me to take a break from working on a book, which is good for the book and for its author.
Having grown up so familiar with creating a pleasing facade, I now end up compelled to reveal things inside and say, Okay, now you really see me. Do you still love me? And then its never enough; it always has to be total self-revelation.
I work in a small study on the top floor of a brownstone in Brooklyn - its about 75 square feet, 11 taken up by book shelves along one wall.
How much of a book review is about the reviewer? Sometimes its mostly about the reviewer!
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