Coming To Terms With Love Of Our World

  Ever heard of hyperreality? You can look it up, but in a few words it’s a confusion of the real with the technically-enhanced versions of reality. This is the burden of our modern world. As we withdraw deeper and deeper into AI (Artificial Intelligence) we become more fearful of what we perceive of as…

A New World of Writing

There was a time when fiction writing seemed pretty singular and glamourous. From my pre-pube years through college I was taken with the great American fiction writers of that era: Steinbeck, Hemingway, O’Hara, Flannery O’Connor, Paley, Roth, Dos Passos, and others. They made their bones, a lot of them, as journalists, paid their bills writing…

Beauty Doesn’t Dichotomize

Having lain at least a little ground work in the previous two posts, here’s the pertinent questions – – with my answers to them: Can literature be only an adjunct, a pale imitation, of the literary value of scripture? No. They’re two different things, and the differences have to do with the intention of their…

It’s Been A Long Time Coming

I grumble here quite a bit about the state of creative writing in the U.S., don’t I? And that sets me to considering what’s behind my grumpiness. One of my best finds in literature in the past fifteen years or so is that of South Africa. South Africa, you’d say? Yes. Check out this list,…

Oh, the Difference!

  According to a number of studies, men tend to prefer reading non-fiction and women fiction. Why is that? I’m treading on dangerous turf in genderizing reading habits, but here goes. Despite the advances women have made world-wide in social issues, politics, and the job market, it remains a men’s world – for the time…

Standing Around In Search of a Story

  I remember reading somewhere that a story isn’t really a story if its characters aren’t sharply defined, and so when I began my first novel, I chipped away the dross of my characters before writing the first word. Not so with the novel being examined here, I imagine. Haslett’s project seems to be to…

The Nine Lives of Literature

  If you were to GOOGLE “Is literature dead?” you would find that question asked in quite a few forums. The consensus? No, literature is NOT dead, and the authors of the question give many reasons. Literature, while there is the ancient Aristotlean idea of conflict-rising action-climax-denouement, or falling action, the art form has proven…