Short story writer and novelist Nathan Englander dissected his writing and research methodology.
From this 2009 session of BAM's Eat, Drink & Be Literary series, Englander read from his novel The Ministry of Special Cases and discussed everything from his hyper-conscience writing approach to Jewish Santas.
The conversation was moderated by author and former Editor-in-Chief of Random House Daniel Menaker.
Stream and download their entire discussion here for free.
On Morality: "I think it's a moral act, writing. I really do. You can be immoral as a person -- you can eat a bowl of babies for breakfast and go around killing hobos -- but, it's a system of weights and measures.
On Love: "There's such a danger when people fall in love. You can't fall in love with your facts."
On Writing: "You only can be yourself to the extreme."