Storytelling Basics in The Godfather (s)

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I avoided it for years. My four older brothers used to talk about it at family gatherings in reverential tones; discuss every white-lipped utterance flung from Al Pacino’s lips; hum the score like a dirge throughout the house; expound on the virtues of Parts I and II and deride the third. I’m speaking, of course, […]

October 3, 2018

3 Tips from The Little Red Writing Book

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I know I know I know I’m a giant nerd, but I had so much fun reading through writing rules in The Little Red Writing Book this past week. And it’s not just because I love rules. And writing. Oh wait, yes, it’s exclusively because of those two things. Ya’ll may be aware that I’ve […]

August 29, 2018

“Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu: Unsucky Symbolism

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We all had to learn about symbolism in highschool, right? As I recall, a bunch of (probably not) well-meaning teachers tried to instill in me an appreciation for such classics as The Scarlet Letter, where we all agreed, wholeheartedly and humorlessly, that the fucking letter on the woman’s chest was a symbol of stuff. Whoop. […]

July 25, 2018