That would be National Novel Writing Month. The goal: Write a 50,000-word novel between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30. That’s crazy talk, you say. I agree. So of course I have signed up to do it. How do you like my chances? If there are other DC-based NaNoWriMo-ers out there–even in this acronym-soup town that’s… Continue reading »
Archives for October 2009
Much of the advice one hears about writing falls into what, for lack of a more inspired term, I’ll call the man-up category. As in: Just do it! Believe in your book! Persevere! Embrace your creativity! I’m all for confidence, although it’s not always in great supply in my life. I do believe that perseverance–which… Continue reading »
In my latest foray for the Chronicle Review (“Creature Consciousness,” Oct. 18, 2009), I take a look at the field of animal studies, which has taken hold in many corners of the humanities and social sciences. By animal studies I don’t mean animal rights, articulated so forcefully by the likes of Peter Singer and Tom… Continue reading »
Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the untimely death of the Yugoslav writer Danilo KiÅ¡ (A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, Encyclopedia of the Dead). My friend Rich Byrne pays tribute to KiÅ¡’ “painfully comic vision of human beings careening through a universe of injustice and accident,” and talks about how his work affected the Yugoslav/Serbian… Continue reading »
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When word came down that TriQuarterly magazine would shift to an online-only, student-run model next year, the news rattled many in the lit-mag community (yes, there is one). In look and editorial feel, TriQuarterly helped invent the formula for what we think of–or what we have thought of–as the small literary magazine, a print powerhouse… Continue reading »