Magic Hours

Tom Bissell ponders creators, their creations, and the toll that creativity takes.  From Herzog's films to a sitcom set -- and on to the world of a novelist who became an icon for a generation, these essays infectiously transmit the passion shared by the writer and his subjects.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.