Posts added in January 2009
One cannot know what form the novel will take until it is written, until it has revealed itself and allowed itself to be formed, shaped into its final edit.
Often the writing does not form a continuous narrative. One maybe has an ending of sorts, perhaps a beginning, or a vague idea of theme and one or two telescoped scenes revealing character or dramatic action. It never progresses from A to Z in a seamless fashion.
Who wants a new novel by AS Byatt? Hasn’t Martin Amis written his masterpiece three times already? Can someone not persuade Philip Roth to call it a day?
The most common words in the Obama and Bush Inaugural speeches were dramatically different.
The Guantanamo Bay Room,
where they don’t let you out.
The National Debt Room,
which is huge and has no ceiling.
A review of the totally gripping debut novel from Stieg Larsson . . . an examination into the abuse of power by individuals and institutions.