ATG Quirkies: Fortune Cookies: A New Frontier for Creative Writing

by | Mar 9, 2018 | 0 comments

Checkout this post in The New Yorker!

In it, Ian Parker discusses the experience of novelist Jay McInerney as he explores the art of writing fortune cookies.  Parker follows McInerney while he tackles both a television adaptation of a trilogy of his novels as well as “a set of eighty-eight New York-oriented fortune-cookie fortunes, commissioned by the midtown branch of Hakkasan, an international chain of expensive Chinese restaurants…”

Evidently, one of the keys to success in writing fortune-cookie fortunes is to avoid offend anyone – which McInerney admits “strikes me as very difficult.”

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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