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Jan.30.2008
Patry Francis is a talented author whose debut novel, The Liar’s Diary, came out in hardcover from Dutton last spring. The trade paperback release is this week, January 29th. A few weeks ago, Patry was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She's had several surgeries, and her prognosis is...
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Jan.17.2008
In the recent issue of The New York Review of Books, there's a review of the new Coetzee novel, Diary of a Bad Year. At some point, the essayist quotes from the book: "To write a novel you have to be like Atlas, holding up a whole world on your shoulders and supporting it there for months and...
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Jan.08.2008
In the current issue of Tin House, (Vol. 9, Number 2), Deborah Eisenberg talked about her writing process. She noted, "I always go to phony places. For a long time when I'm working on something I can't look at what my hand has produced the day or week or month before, because it's just...
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Dec.23.2007
I return to Victor Shklovsky's essay published in 1917: "Habitualization devours works, clothes, furniture, one's wife, and the fear of war.... And art exists that one may recover the sensation of life." And if one's art is writing, the process of defamiliarization can occur at all levels...
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