Monthly Archives: September 2014

literary lives in novels

I guess the linear (or horizontal– she has a sequence of ideas about form and like this term) story of Valeria Luiselli’s Faces in the Crowd is: while writing a novel about a woman who translates poetry, a woman with … Continue reading

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another fear/urge

to turn all of the cut parts of the swank hotel and wrench them into forms and publish that as a book.  Just excavated dirt, shaped into huts and cruddy castles, swept up and deposited btwn covers.  the book is … Continue reading

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oh and on fb

also I found myself shocked the other day participating in a fb thread with some other writers– this one guy was writing like a troll– calling people misogynist names, baiting, saying really mean things about one of my old teachers, … Continue reading

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dreams

I pretty much always tell students, when they write dreams, that what they are doing is thinking in metaphor and not allowing their narrators to engage it in the language.  I am writing a lot of dreams in this (possibly … Continue reading

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petroleum manga

was reading artist marina zurkow’s post-script piece on plastic in the collection and wanted to do it for real– instead of letting them make my already written shorts plastic via recontextualization (not that plastic a motion, after all, just what … Continue reading

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not knowing jack

I am stuck w/ the book again.  I have idea after idea how to add an aspect that will give it some or another thing I want it to have– perspective, humor, scenic unpanicked authoritative meditations… palpable characters… Right now … Continue reading

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sound and sense

Keep noticing how when I listen to music I really never catch words unless I already listened a dozen times b/c I like the sound.  Has led me to love a lot of songs with words I don’t like or … Continue reading

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oh man

I am stuck and having a hard time in here, really afraid that I am too lost in my own politics and psychology to write this book.  So so scared and sad, thinking maybe I spent all these years writing … Continue reading

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