Advice to the Young
“Remember that if you write about sexuality they’re going to think it’s an invitation to fuck you or rape you. But go on writing about it anyway.” Iconic feminist writer Erica Jong shares a lifetime of hard earned lessons.
Infamous for writing candidly about sexuality, Erica Jong gives poignant advice to the young female writer: “Remember it’s twice as hard to be a female writer as a male writer.”
Jong has other pieces of advice: to only surround oneself with good people and never to trust one’s publisher. And finally, see Jong quote American poet Walt Whitman: “I celebrate myself, and sing myself,/ And what I assume you shall assume.”
Erica Jong (b. 1942) is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She has published more than 25 works of both fiction and non-fiction, but is most known for her 1973 novel ‘Fear of Flying’ which has been translated into more than 40 languages and sold over 27 million copies. In 2015 she published the sequel to her debut, ‘Fear of Dying”.
Erica Jong was interviewed by Pejk Malinovski during the Louisiana Literature festival in August 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Camera: Klaus Elmer
Produced and Edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016
Supported by Nordea-fonden