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jesus-villalobos's picture
Feb.03.2011
I called your name today did you hear Me?I called your name today as you woke from your sleep. I called again as you sat down to eat.I called your name as you started your day. I called out your name as I have every day.I called you again while you drove home from work. I've called out your name...
gabriella-hewitt's picture
Jan.05.2011
"What's in a name? That which we call a roseBy any other name would smell as sweet." – Shakespeare Just like Romeo and Juliet, I am struggling with names right now. Finding the right name for a character is like finding jeans that fit. I agonize for days trying to find the perfect fit,...
diane-chamberlain's picture
Nov.19.2010
No, I’m not going to start numbering the people in my books, but I am hereby abandoning my obsessive need to give each character a brand new, never before used, name.  A couple of years ago, I asked my assistant to go through my books (seventeen at the time) and list all the first names and...
thaisa-frank's picture
Sep.23.2010
My forthcoming novel has gotten me to look at my origins in the eternal conundrum of imagination and identity. I  found this column from over twelve years ago, written for the Chronicle as a guest-editor for Jon Carroll.  My origins--the strange bi-cultural nature of them--have always been hard to...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Aug.03.2010
August 3       Big Name     My name has a foreign sound; my head turns when it is called.  I recognize this as training not identity.  I remember teaching the dog her name.  I called it while petting and praising her, soon the name was hers.  Now, I think of G-d.  Did we...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Mar.19.2010
March 19   If I name it do I know it?    Does emotional proximity necessitate a nearer name?  Far off I would be called earthling possibly human.  On this plain, female maybe woman; in this country Mrs. Theriault; in my home call me Sherrie, but in my bed hy calls me Baby.  Do these names offer...
theresa-milstein's picture
Feb.03.2010
“The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.” - Marshall McLuhan   True story: A friend told me about someone who had seen a girl’s name written down as La-a. “Is it La?” he asked, stretching out the ah, like it was two syllables. The girl’s mother replied, “That...
dale-estey's picture
Jan.11.2010
Franz Kafka was, himself, named after (and in honour of) the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Kafka - being Kafka - outlived the empire. Monarchists march through Prague ČTK | 11 January 2010 The banners featured Francis Joseph I, the last emperor of Austro-Hungarian monarchy and a Czech...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Oct.17.2009
Yesterday on Facebook, I asked a question that comes up for the middle-aged, unmarried man or woman who has a partner, a significant other, a lover, a sweetie, a honey, a "man, a "woman," a ball and chain, a companion. What word to use for that said person that doesn't sound stupid....
michael-lipsey's picture
Sep.22.2009
I’ve always been fascinated by the brand names on machines and other products. Our bathroom scale is a Health o meter (sic). The scale in my health club is a Detecto. The centrifuge for drying swimsuits is a Suitmate. The card-operated lock on the locker is a Safe-O-Mat. The combination locks on...