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elizabeth-stark's picture
Apr.29.2010
“Do we have to go to Europe this summer?” a kid asks his mother. “Shut up and keep swimming!” she replies. This was a story my dad liked to tell, and it’s always seemed to me to describe perfectly the experience of trying to figure out how to write a novel while you are in the process of...
bob-mustin's picture
Apr.14.2010
Gravity’s Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon – Part 2   If one with Pynchon’s apocalyptic view of western society and his desire to write about it were to devise a novel on the subject, what form would suit his story best? In broadbrush form, it should probably consist of episodic segments using...
jm-cornwell's picture
Apr.11.2010
The latest box of books to review from Authorlink came on Friday and I decided to dive in with Ted Dekker's latest thriller The Bride Collector. It was a bad choice for bedtime reading, which is my favorite place to read and my favorite form of sleep aid. Can't sleep? Read. Works every time,...
bob-mustin's picture
Jan.29.2010
Serena, by Ron Rash   I’d hoped this book would be the knockout American novel I’d been looking for—full of social content, great characters acting out a great story amid a magnificent scenic backdrop. Three out of four ain’t bad. The story is one of typical American enterprise,...
henriette-lazaridis-power's picture
Jan.07.2010
Would I be ruining my reputation as a writer and reader if I revealed that, lately, I’ve been fascinated by audiobooks?  I hope not.  But it has come as a bit of a surprise to me to realize that not only do I emote more when I’m listening to a book, but I feel more engaged in the narrative than I...
bob-mustin's picture
Dec.16.2009
Tiger, the Media, and Writers   We should be concerned that Tiger Woods and his serial infidelities strikes us as more important—certainly more enthralling—than healthcare, the environment, the U.S.’s tandem wars, joblessness, AIDS, Mexico’s drug cartels, terrorism, and perhaps many other...
bob-mustin's picture
Dec.16.2009
Tiger, the Media, and Writers   We should be concerned that Tiger Woods and his serial infidelities strikes us as more important—certainly more enthralling—than healthcare, the environment, the U.S.’s tandem wars, joblessness, AIDS, Mexico’s drug cartels, terrorism, and perhaps many other...
anovelweblog's picture
Dec.08.2009
  Obituaries tell nice, neat little narratives about each of our lives.  I have been thinking about them a lot, since the death of my grandmother a few weeks ago. In them, there is probably information about our parents, where we were born, where we worked and for how long, our children or...
thaisa-frank's picture
Oct.17.2009
Diary Cows by Ronald Koertge Got up early, waited for the farmer He hooked us all to the machines as usual. Typical trip to the pasture, typical day grazing and ruminating. About 5:00 back to the machines.  What relief!   Listened to the radio during dinner. Lights out at 7:00. More tomorrow...
thaisa-frank's picture
Jun.20.2009
Recently, I finished editing the fiction section of a well-known  literary magazine.  I had a goal in mind---to mix traditional narrative with more experimental form. After a while--and especially after editing--I realized I was trying to follow what the late W.G. Sebald called “prose fiction”--i.e...