I would like to write a very strongly-worded letter to every institution of higher education I’ve ever attended and ask them why I’ve never been made to read Alice Munro. It’s a name I’ve heard, for sure. I worked at an independent bookstore for five years (my longest held employment – go figure) and patrons […]
This week, I decided to spend time reading “well regarded” writers, whatever the hell that means. Mostly, I just tried to think of lit that I’d been forced to reach in high school English classes. Hemingway came to mind, but I was not in the mood for his boundless machismo. And you know how I […]
As a vegetarian myself, I had mixed feelings about this book. In The Vegetarian, the main character (although is she the main character, if we so rarely see the story from her point of view?) Yeong-Hye has a series of violent dreams which make her realize that meat is repugnant. But then, you know, she […]
I’m just gonna say it – writers love writing about writing. Is any other artistic field this self-involved? Do singers sing about singing as much as we write about writing? As a group, we come off a bit obsessed, honestly. Enraptured by the infinite potential of language. And we make damn sure everyone else knows […]
Why did Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom suck so bad in comparison with Jurassic Park? So glad you asked because I have OPINIONS on that (spoilers afoot, be warned!)
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. […]
So I’m on vacation in Key West (yes I really write every damn day, no matter what) and decided to read some Florida-based short stories to settle in to the area a bit. While on the plane, I checked out Stephen King’s new short story, “Laurie” that he released as sort of a teaser for […]
I read a ton of short stories this week but the only one that stuck with me was “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid. It’s incredibly short – approximately 650 words. Despite its brevity, it manages to convey an intense degree of emotional depth. It explores the power of our parents’ words (for better or for worse), […]
Rainbow Rowell, brilliant YA writer, uses intertextuality (or something) in her novel Fangirl to lend dimension to romantic relationships, deepen thematic elements, and increase the novel’s sense of realism. Me? I just sit here trying to figure out if intertextuality is the right word for what she did there.
Westworld Season 2 is a lot like Season 1: Philosophical themes, intricate plot lines, and (dare I say?) excessive violence. And while I’m loving the show overall (because robots), there are a few things about the writing this season that are really throwing me off. Is it just me, or have the monologues really gone too far?