At the annual benefit for the Norman Mailer Center, the acclaimed writer Joyce Carol Oates received a lifetime achievement award for her fiction. Her remarks about Norman Mailer and what he represented as a transgressive, rebellious, sympathetic writer who wrote exactly what he wanted are reprinted here. Joyce Carol Oates’s latest book is ‘Black Dahlia & White Rose.’
The master of the American Gothic returns with Black Dahlia & White Rose, a new book of tales that surveys how America reflects the dark ripples of its people’s souls. She's also edited a new edition of The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. She picks five short-story collections that have inspired her.