I’ve Just Seen a Face

Yesterday's face was that of Joan Didion. Didion's innovative style of memoir writing has surely influenced the writing of every would-be memoirist since the 'sixties brought her to the literary foreground. Her confessional postures, connected via a journalistic style to a sense of place and history, have added vividness to the genre and elevated such […]

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Literature’s Separate Reality

Part 2 – The Re-Enchantment of the World – Secular Magic in a Rational Age, Edited by Joshua Landy & Michael Saler   I promised another post on this book a couple of weeks ago, emphasizing these essays’ approach to literature. After some thought, this:   I often hear from readers that such and such […]

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I’ve Just Seen a Face #4

Who did yesterday's face belong to? Does the name John Dos Passos ring a bell? Dos Passos was one of the expatriate writers who came of age in Paris following WWI and who were known as the Lost Generation. The trilogy mentioned? USA – composed of The 42nd Parallel (1930),  1919 (1932), and The Big Money (1936).  Today's face belongs […]

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I’ve Just Seen a Face #3

Yes, yesterday's face really was Toni Morrison. The author of the renowned book, Beloved, is both a Pulitzer and Nobel winner for fiction and literature. Today's face may seem a bit obscure, and may been taken for another.  Here's a hint: his claim to literary fame is a trilogy united under a single title.

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I’ve Just Seen a Face #2

Yesterday's face was a stumper, it seems – a young John Steinbeck. Steinbeck was one of the most prolific writers of his day. And that volume of work drew on problems still plaguing the U.S. today, from poorly paying, dangerous jobs to migrations caused by the Great Depression. If you want to better understand today's national […]

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Writing From Two Minds – Part 3

  The last article of the Two Minds theme I've fabricated from the October/November 2010 issue of The Writer’s Chronicle has to do with D.H. Lawrence and his fascination with the Etruscan culture in what is now Italy. Lawrence was well-traveled and had a consuming interest in antiquities. This added to his innovative style of […]

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