Serena Chen is worried about becoming a writer in an age of content and capital that “compels people to obsess over volume and consistency and audience retention”. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, in a sense, is worried about not becoming a writer due to a “sense of not-quite measuring up to some standard that I’m not even conscious of having set”. Back when I was really writing, during the three years of Portland Communique, I never considered myself a writer, because, I guess, I wasn’t making a living at it, and couldn’t (and still can’t) write for other people or under other people’s direction. What is a writer? Whose definition counts? Who sets the terms?

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