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…

Gellhorn Her Own Woman

To continue Paula McLain’s Love and Ruin, a few thoughts on her writing: While McLain’s Gellhorn is all woman, the author’s prose here is very reminiscent of both Fitzgerald’s and Hemingway’s. Whether this was by design isn’t mine to say, but she could have written Hemingway’s bio in equally compelling prose of another voice. Her…

Consultation No. 4 – With Papa Hemingway

    With some trepidation I knocked at Ernest Hemingway’s door and waited. And waited. Had I waited much longer I would have left, knowing his short fuse with reporters and lesser writers. With research we had found that the rap on Papa was that he was incredibly knowledgeable on a wide number of subjects,…

Stories With An Arkansas Sensibility

  Collected Stories, by Raymond Carver Continuing my focus on the short story: Without realizing their liaison, I met Carver’s wife in Atlanta in the eighties. As with most writing wannabes (I was only beginning to understand this art in my makeup), I sought her out at a book launch of hers and probably said…

Harrison’s Hits and Misses

The Ancient Minstrel, by Jim Harrison Being a writer myself, I’ve begun to realize how difficult it is to separate what I write from me. Some writers, like the late Jim Harrison (died this year – 2016), don’t bother with such trivialities. Nor did Harrison limit his range of writing to fiction (he was perhaps…

Growing In Fiction

Writers, how many others like you do you know who resist publishing, not wanting  to see their creations criticized? Further, how many have you known who don’t want editing help, even when it’s offered at bargain basement prices, or even for free? Know anyone who won’t join a critique group because, well, no one there will see…

Papa Hemingway Rebuts

Coffee With Hemingway, by Kirk Curnutt   Ever dream about a little face time with one of your favorite celebrities? Streisand, perhaps? Sinatra? Elvis? Bono? Would such a meet-up edify, or would it disappoint? I’ve never thought that I’d enjoy such an encounter with my favorite writer, but in Curnutt’s imaginative hands, the story reveals…