Requiem for Grace Paley and Tillie Olsen
Writer Amy Bloom pays tribute to the literary genius and passionate activism of Grace Paley and Tillie Olsen over at PEN America’s blog. Paley and Olsen both passed away this year.
“…Tillie Olsen and Grace Paley shaped the American short story, as if they were God and it was clay, and however much or little known they were for much of their writing lives, the short story itself is now different than it was, because of them, and we know better how we should live and write, because of them.”
Bloom, whose most recent novel is titled Away, recounts how her own life brushed against these two writers, and affirms that they were, in every way possible, “revolutionary writers.”
(In full disclosure, I should note that I’m working a temporary job with Amy Bloom)