Anne Lamott started out as a novelist, but it was her bestselling 1994 nonfiction work Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life that catapulted her to fame as a guru. The book became touchstone and "life-changer" to writers and non-writers looking for practical advice on the hard work of creativity. Kurt Andersen talks to Lamott about the lasting influence of Bird by Bird and her latest novel, Imperfect Birds.               

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