Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Junot Díaz

Some great points here re: the Myth vs. Reality of American Culture, and the pervasive unspoken misogyny therein.

Monday, May 18, 2009

John Cheever

For no particular reason...

A 1976 Paris Review interview with John Cheever. Enjoy.

Monday, May 11, 2009

10 Rules for Writing Fiction

In celebration of Elmore Leonard’s visit to our fair city this week, I give you his “10 Rules for Writing Fiction”:

(Some of these are spot on. But man, does he have a lot of rules for what you should NEVER do. Never use a prologue? What if a prologue is exactly what the story needs? And Rule #3 has always bothered me. Never use any word but “said” to carry dialogue? If a character is upset while speaking, is “How dare you?” she said really better than “How dare you?” she cried? All right, all right, enough. I love and revere Elmore Leonard. Go to this event if you can: this Thursday (5/14) at the Free Library. You won’t be sorry.)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Choke Off

Thought I’d post this since Mr. Palahniuk will be at FLP this Friday for a reading and discussion. Here, he talks about being 12-years-old, masturbating for the first time, and immediately wondering how he could turn this activity into money. (The punchline is so easy, I can’t bring myself to type it.)