In his poem somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond, ee cummings uses word choice, theme, and figurative language to describe love. Specifically, he explores the inexplicable nature of love, and the failure of language to fully convey a complicated and mysterious experience.
Pro·cras·ti·na·tion You can tell the procrastination is legit today because I took the time to look up how the word was split up phonetically and then copy and pasted it here. Because procrastination. But first I tried for like five minutes to remember how to split the word up myself. Because procrastination. There are some […]
I know a few things about Kazuo Ishiguro. One is that he won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. Two is that I love his books, especially Never Let Me Go and Remains of the Day (and even enjoy his short stories, see my analysis of “A Village After Dark”). And three, unfortunately, is that […]
There are so many reasons to love Harry Potter. The characters, the settings, the themes, the dialogue, the originality, etc. One of the aspects of the series that sets it apart is the intergenerational narrative: the backstory of Harry’s parents’ generation, Albus Dumbledore’s family, and Tom Riddle’s upbringing. JK Rowling is a master of backstory (and also, everything.)
Your writing has implicit value. Unfinished, unedited, unpublished: whatever the case may be, your old stories, poems, or novels are important resources. Though we’re often tempted to turn away from perceived “failures,” you may be surprised to learn that these abandoned projects have the potential to inspire you, galvanize you – or at least make you laugh.
Kazuo Ishiguro’s “A Village After Dark” is a simple short story, written in a clear and succinct manner, that explores memory, aging, and perception through the eyes of an elderly narrator – one whose memory is questionable and whose perceptions are dreamy and unfocused. It’s an excellent case study in clean writing paired with vaguely unreliable narration.
After about 14 months, I finally finished the first three books in my fantasy trilogy. Towards the end there, the process started to drag. By the last chapter, a reader could be forgiven for thinking I was being paid by the word. (Ha! I wasn’t being paid at all AND I have no readers, so […]
I thought I loved Bill Bryson as much as I possibly could, and then I started reading his interviews for this compilation and it just made my proverbial Grinch’s heart grow five times its size and helped me look at all humankind with more optimism. And by all humankind I mean mostly just Bill Bryson. […]
A couple of years ago, one of my brothers asked me who my favorite writer was. Now in the depths of my eternal spirit, that answer will always be J.K. Rowling. And frankly, I don’t care if you’re casting aspersions on my character for adamantly preferring a children’s fantasy book author to Ernest Hemingway; even […]