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Revising your writing again? Blame the Modernists – Ideas – The Boston Globe

July 14, 2013


I disagree with the article‘s contention that extensive revision is a modern innovation. William Wordsworth published his first version of The Prelude in 1805 and spent the next 45 years revising it.

Adam Kirsch’s “Rocket and Lightship: Meditations on life and letters”

December 3, 2012


“To become memorable or brilliant, language needs to be fertilized by egotism.”  Adam Kirsch’s long but worth reading collection of meditations/prose epigrams on the position of writers WRT past writers, future readers, and the present tense; on the respective roles of literature and science; and the role of culture in a technologically evolving civilization (among […]

The Dirty Talk Of The Town: Profanity At “The New Yorker” | The Awl

June 27, 2011


via an impressive list of the first occurrences of classic profanities in the magazine’s pages. Also see:…

101 Best Sex Scenes Ever Written: An Erotic Romp Through Literature for Writers and Readers | New York Journal of Books

June 1, 2011


“Looking for an anthology of erotic texts to accompany masturbation? Look elsewhere.” “Aspiring fiction writers who would rather not write sex scenes but whose plots or character development require that they do, may find this book a useful guide, especially if they share its author’s taste in literature in general and erotic literature in particular.” […]

Eden | New York Journal of Books

October 11, 2010


David Cooper’s review of Yael Hedaya’s novel Eden compares Jessica Cohen’s translation with Ms. Hedaya’s original Hebrew. The novel features two marriages and a teenage girl all of whom are at-risk and in varied states of distress. Read the entire review on¬†   An excerpt from Eden appears in Words Without Borders

Op-Ed Contributor Michael Cunningham – Found in Translation – The New York Times

October 3, 2010


“…One of the consolations of writing books is the seemingly unquenchable conviction that the next book will be better, will be bigger and bolder and more comprehensive and truer to the lives we live. We exist in a condition of hope, we love the beauty and truth that come to us, and we do our […]

I write like…

July 20, 2010


My poetry: I write like James Joyce My prose: I write like H. P. Lovecraft I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!