Lipsyte: Yes, I studied with him. He published a couple of stories of mine in The Quarterly, after many rejections. They had that great form letter when they rejected you — it was about five hundred words long.
LRS: I was studying writing at college and then this professor showed up, a disciple of Gordon Lish, and we operated according to the Lish method. You start reading your work and then as soon as you hit a false note she made you stop.
Lipsyte: Yeah, Lish would say, “That’s bullshit!”
LRS: That process completely derailed me. Took me years to recover my voice. But for you it actually seemed to have some kind of benefit.