Selected Shorts X

Sometimes I offer posts with perspectives you won't find anywhere else. And at other times, I pass on the good stuff others have beaten me to. This is one of the latter times. There seems to be some discord among academics regarding the value of conflict on literature. Meaning: How does social discord and war […]

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Selected Shorts IX

I think I may have mentioned that I’m taking a non-fiction writing course this semester, but perhaps little of the details. The class is a large one, twelve women – and me. Not that I’m complaining, you understand; it’s just that there are certain dynamics in a crowd like that a guy finds hard to […]

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Run, by Ann Patchett

As a writer I understand that having a major publication event in your life is only a set-up for high expectations and—in the eyes of readers—subsequent failure if those expectations aren’t met. In this post, I’m trying to see writing and publishing through the eyes of Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto, winner of the […]

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