Fukuyama Crosses the Great Divide

If you've been reading all the hoopla about Francis Fukuyama's newbie, America at the Crossroads – Democracy, Power and the Neoconservative Legacy, I probably won't have too much new to tell you. Fukuyama is a rather eloquent and enthralling writer for a political scientist, at least for the first half of this book. In that […]

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The Good of Writing

Two things: First, author Christina Schwartz writes a byline for The Atlantic in which she cites excerpts from new fiction and critiques them. This month she's on about Joyce Carol Oates' new story collection, High Lonesome: Stories 1966-2006. In her selection, Schwartz uses a story's first paragraph, in which Oates has created a shady character […]

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Lab Time

Since I've spent so much time of late grousing about the difficulties involved in publishing, whether through contests or litmag submittals, I guess its lab time. You know, display the empirical data to support your thesis. But to your great relief, I'm sure, an announcement: the grouchy stuff ends here, at least for the time […]

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Daring to Tell the Truth

It's become a trite adage that we live in a time of instant celebrity, but it's true. Writers, musicians, politicians, actors – they seem to pop up from nowhere, then are gone. Time was, said celebrities paid their dues and reached critical mass artistically over decades, and upon their "discovery," we the public simply faced […]

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Interpreter of Maladies

I suppose after my cantankerous posts regarding the fiction biz, I should, by way of completing the thought, explain why modern fiction isn’t as popular, say, as nonfiction. Further, I've decided to stick my neck in the noose and do this using Jhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection. I’ve just read Interpreter of Maladies. […]

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