Above: Roger Straus, Jr. (wearing an ascot, naturally), Tom Wolfe, Scott Turow, Oscar Hijuelos, Susan Sontag.
In January 1992, I was selected to intern at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, which had gained legendary status in the publishing world as the home of multiple Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. FSG epitomized a true literary powerhouse where authors like Tom Wolfe, T.S. Eliot, Flannery O’Connor, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Susan Sontag, among others, set the pace for excellence in the world of books.
And who was I to invade this hallowed institution? Just a transplanted Sarah Lawrence College undergrad from Texas with a head full of aspirations and only a general sense of what I wanted to do as an adult. Even then, I wanted to be involved in books and the written language and to take advantage of being in New York where I could pay my dues.