Writer and editor Ron Hogan checks in from Queens (near Elmhurst Hospital). We talk about why you don’t need to write King Lear while in quarantine (or finish War & Peace, although he’s hoping to do that), how to handle bad writing days regardless of whether there’s a pandemic on, keeping up with his writing-development e-mail, Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives, and a key lesson from Thomas Merton to find the core of one’s writing. We also get into how he officially joined a Quaker meeting via Zoom, his binge of season 3 of Castlevania, his deep-dive into the Psalms, having Korean baseball games as occasional TV-wallpaper, enjoying The Anarchist’s Tool Chest (as part of his goal of minimizing his engagement with capital), and more! Give it a listen! And go subscribe to Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives!
You can listen to all these COVID Check-In episodes at The COVID-19 Sessions.
About our Guest
Ron Hogan is a freelance essayist and developmental editor who works with novelists and narrative non-fiction writers. Follow Ron on Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to his writing development e-mail, Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives.
Credits: The conversation was recorded remotely via Zencastr. I used a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone feeding into a Cloudlifter CL-1 and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2×2 USB Recording Interface. All processing and editing done in Adobe Audition CC. Photo of Ron & Yojimbo (“Jimmy”) by someone else, probably his wife. Photo of cat & Tolstoy by him, I bet. The former is on my instagram.