New York Times Magazine, 2/24/2013

Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France. His other books are The Soul of Creative Writing, A New York Memoir and The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker's Journey Through 9-11. He has written for The New York Times, Harvard Review, Creative Nonfiction, Commonweal, Vanity Fair, The Writer's Chronicle, The Louisville Review, Saveur, Ascent, and the Michigan Quarterly Review. Richard is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Orleans.


"French Dirt is one of the most charming, perceptive and subtle books ever written about the French by an American."—San Francisco Chronicle




"So much more than an engaging memoir of New York. One can learn much from this man—a rare individual who, with honesty, sensuousness, and keen observation, turns yearning and remembrance into art."—Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue



"Richard Goodman’s marvelous book, The Soul of Creative Writing, will instruct, delight, edify, challenge, reassure, and guide any student of writing to a personal best."—Molly Peacock, author of The Paper Garden and Paradise, Piece by Piece

Selected Works

Nonfiction

"I possess a deep prejudice against anything written by Anglo-Saxons about their lives in or near French villages. So, Richard, I thank you for breaking the spell. I like very much what you wrote."
–M.F.K. Fisher

"French Dirt is one of the most charming, perceptive and subtle books ever written about the French by an American."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Goodman borrows a plot of land on which to grow a garden, a project that his neighbors view first with curiosity, then with sympathy and a deepening sense of involvement. There's a genuine sweetness about the way the cucumbers and tomatoes bridge the divide of nationality."
-Francine Prose, New York Times

"Richard Goodman’s marvelous book, The Soul of Creative Writing, will instruct, delight, edify, challenge, reassure, and guide any student of writing to a personal best."
–Molly Peacock, author of Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems

"Richard Goodman is one of the most generous and astute literary guides I've read. This book is a gift to writers."
–Rebecca Walker, author of Black, White and Jewish

"This book is not just for writers then, but for lovers of words and writing. For renewing my excitement about what I've chosen to do for a living, this book deserves thirteen exclamation marks".
–Stephanie Dickison, The Writer