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Apr.29.2009
    Remainder, by TomMcCarthy, a British writer and artist, is a great reminder of  how writing interacts with the world of art and its concern with space.   Remainder, told in the first person,  is a book about a man with amnesia who--as a result of an accident--gets over 8 million pounds as...
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Apr.29.2009
I'm the guest fiction editor for AbleMuse and want to change the format.  Hence I'm looking for short flash fiction pieces. I read longer fiction there and at some bookstores, etc, and you can see it filmed if you look.  If you have a good way to film it, you can be on audio and film, too. My...
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Apr.26.2009
   The day I got the yellow mechanical pencil was the day I became committed to being a writer. I had known I was a writer since I was eight when I wrote my first story, and known it again at twelve when I won my first national award. Neither time was I happy to discover it, nor were my parents. My...
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Jan.16.2009
             It happened like this: Ellen Sussman asked me to contribute to an anthology called The Literary Dictionary of Sex (Bloomsbury Press, June 2008).  All the things I really knew about--hazards of making love in a Mustang, for example--were taken.  But, like a lot of writers, I surf the...
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Jan.08.2009
                                                    _I bring you some water lost in your memory--                                       follow me to the spring and find itssecret._                                                              --Patricede la Tour Du Pin               One fall day...
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Jan.06.2009
    Speaking of Silence               Language and silence have always been bedfellows.  Most writers know the silence of the blank page.   And there's a different, deeply important silence,  in which the voice of the writer  seems to go underground.  Tillie Olsen speaks of this in a seminal work...
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Jan.05.2009
I just saw a movie of Jane Eyre, and Mr. Rochester is morereal than Mr. Darcy. “Deeply flawed” as people would say, and willing to be abigamist so he can marry Jane. Eventually, he does--but not without tumultuous events. I remember visiting the manse on the heath where Charlotte Bronte lived as a...
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Apr.03.2008
Writing Programs and Group Minds     Group minds--collections of people who think about various things in the same way--are everywhere. And the fact that they exist in art, which is supposed to be original, is a paradox that all writers face.  There are many facets to this paradox. They concern...
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Apr.02.2008
I'm going to make a somewhat radical proposition: Writing to a stranger makes it easier to create a poem or story that feels complete to the writer and comes alive in the imagination of other people. This proposition flies in the face of two beloved ideas about writing. First: if you're stuck, it...
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Feb.03.2008
This community of writers is joining to support Patry Francis and her book, The Liar's Diary, released on January 29th 2008. I don't know Patry personally but I feel connected to her through the world of writers. I also know that a book tour is the one of the few opportunites for the author and her...
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Jan.05.2008
The Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer once complained that American writers try to create quick roots for their stories. "I grew up on a little street in Krakow," he said, "and almost everybody I've written about came from that one street. I remember every face. I...
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