Recent posts tagged fiction


2021


Too Cultivated For My Own Good

One thing I've long hated about myself is how picky I've become when it comes to my tastes in fiction.

She Said

Some novels by women you need to know about, and probably don't.

An All-New 'Epitaph' -- Two, In Fact

Two, two, TWO new translations of Machado de Assis's amazing novel came out when my back was turned!

License To Brutalize And Alienate

On a few words from Raymond Carver on ''experimentation''

2020


Not Enough There There

With many of the stories I've taken up only to abandon, what was most interesting to me about them seemed impossible to communicate to others.

The Seven Deadly Sins, Over And Over Again

On a narrow, reductionist view of fiction (and not a very good one, for that reason).

Minimal Headwordspace

2020 just about killed my enthusiasm for reading, which was finicky to begin with.

The Beatings Shall Continue, And All That

It is not required to substitute ugly things for lovely ones in the name of some spurious bid for truth.

No, You Really Couldn't Make This Up If You Tried

On the notion that if our moment in time were a story, nobody would believe a word of it.

From Scratch Every Time

Every single time I start a new story, I'm starting from scratch in more ways than one.

Original Conclusions

It's hard to do your own thing, and for good reasons.

Of The Here And Now, Or The Anywhere And Always

I've long been wary of using fiction as a system of polemic, not because I don't care about the world we live in but because such things typically make for bad fiction

2019


Havel's Optimism, December 2019 Edition

Stories aren't about happy or sad endings. They're about making sense of what happens.

Highly Illogical, Jim

When does a story's logic hold fast, and when does it break?

The True(r) Story

On the fictions of the "true story" style of moviemaking.

2018


A Walk-On Part In The War, Or A Lead Role In A Cage

On The Minnie Effect in fiction.

That Pile On The Nightstand

The overwhelming majority of what I'm genuinely curious about reading has been nonfiction. I hate that.

It's A Living

If written fiction's becoming nothing but a prelude to adaptation, what's that mean for written fiction itself?

Player Zero

On why books need to be written to be books, not film pitches-to-be.

2017


The Benefits Of A Cracking Good Yarn

What storytelling can do that a straight rundown of facts can't.

Shall We Put A Label On That? Dept.

Given my interest in Zen, am I writing "Buddhist fiction"? I'm dubious.

Engines Of Empathy Dept.

Does reading make us more empathic, or do more empathic people just make better readers?

Bad Guys Never Lose Dept.

Don't think good and evil; think why and how.

2016


Tick Tick Tock Dept.

On time travel and our urge to get away from it all.

Rules Are Made To Be Broken Dept.

How laying the ground rules for my new book almost ground me down.


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