Looking back at this time of the year is largely an American obsession, I think, and contented to be a citizen of these United States, I usually succumb to the trend.
So what has been on the Gridley mind this year? In looking back at my posts, a few preoccupations stand out:
- The inexorable move from print books to digital. I'm personally straddling the fence here, both in my reading preferences and in how I see my work published.
- We all love a winner, and I can't stay away from literary winners. Among my winning reads are: Olive Kitteridge, Tinkers, and Just Kids.
- I continue to take pokes at the MFA phenomenon - not because I don't have one, nor because I dislike the phenomenon. Instead I want to challenge MFA to attract readers with good, accessible, non-pretentious writing. Too often academic programs in creative writing dig ever deeper into themselves and leave the story - and the larger project of literature - behind.
- I find myself reading and reviewing more historical fiction - mostly war-related stories. What's that say about me??!?
- I'm reading more European literature. Why? I find unique story structure there, historical and philosophical viewpoints - and of course interesting characters.
- And finally, I tend to brag on writing and publishing successes of my writing colleagues - and of others, particularly of the Southern persuasion. To keep up with mine, visit hereoccasionally
Would you like to see me tackle other subjects in 2011? Let me know.
Causes Bob Mustin Supports
Native American culture. Education. Creative writing.