I recently stumbled on Philip Graham's fascinating writings about his experiences in Portugal in McSweeney's. Graham is a writer who teaches at the University of Illinois, and will be spending a year in Lisbon, Portugal. I have to catch up on all his dispatches but his most recent one sheds some light on what it's like to meet an author one admires - in his case, Nobel-prize winning novelist, Jose Saramago. I'd love to visit Portugal and Spain this summer so I'm looking forward to reading more about contemporary Portugal from a writer's point of view.
Read Dispatch 9: Those Tricky Subgestures by Philip Graham.
Read Graham's other dispatches from Portugal.
Click here for Philip Graham's video report from the International Short Story Conference.