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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in June 2011

Literature is a Contact Sport

. . . genuine novelists are very jealous people. As Harold Bloom says:: “A poem is a poet’s melancholy at his lack of priority.” That is, every new book by a genuine novelist is an attempt to knock another book down from its privileged position. Literature is a contact sport. The novelist is aware that […]


I like the idea that boxers get told to imagine punching a spot behind their opponent’s head, to reach in so far that they can extend the destruction to the back of your mind. It’s the same thing with writers. We want to disturb your imaginative ecstasy with the deepest punch, though the truth is […]

Butterfly of Hope

I’ve sent my butterfly in solidarity with girls and women in #Nicaragua. Have you? #mariposa #demanddignity #fb

The Panting and Happy Reader

“Good Readers and Good Writers” (from Lectures on Literature) by Vladimir Nabokov: My course, among other things, is a kind of detective investigation of the mystery of literary structures. “How to be a Good Reader” or “Kindness to Authors” – something of that sort might serve to provide a subtitle for these various discussions of […]