After a brief introduction by Larry McCaffery and a few questions from McCaffery, William Eastlake takes questions from a graduate class. Eastlake begins by talking about writing as a discipline. He then discusses the morality that arises from what people choose to read and write. Eastlake talks about the role of the university for writers. Eastlake discusses his admiration for Louis-Ferdinand Celine in regards to Celine’s anti-semitism. Eastlake discusses the realism of language in his novel Castle Keep. Eastlake discourses on the state of current American writers.