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The Opposite of Loneliness
What a beautiful book! Every writer needs to read Marina’s stories and essays. I was particularly thrilled that one of the stories mentions crumbs in a jar and one of the essays is about her childhood and dealing with Celiac Disease.
The work of George Saunders
I have read all of the following books by George Saunders. “Sea Oak” was a great introduction to his work when I was a sophomore in college. If you can only read two, go for “In Persuasion Nation” and “The Braindead Megaphone.” CivilWarLand in Bad Decline Pastoralia The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip The Brief …
Kurt Vonnegut–how to read fiction
Check out this article about the assignment Kurt Vonnegut gave to his students in the form of a letter. I’ll have to pick one of my favorite short story collections and do the exercise myself.
Flannery O’Connor Essay “Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction”
I wanted to share part of this essay with you. She wrote: “The great novels we get in the future are not going to be those that the public thinks it wants, or those that critics demand. They are going to be the kind of novels that interest the novelist. And the novels that interest …