Well, Friends, I did it. I just finished 100 Years of Solitude. Um. *shrugs shoulders, looks into the evening sky* It's a beautifully written novel, certainly, and I'm grateful to Kathleen Alcala for her observation that she was struck by how much the narrator sounded like members of her family telling fantastical tales from a … Continue reading May 16th, 2016- 100 years of solitude: the futures-past of the novel
Friends -- I've received some wonderful, thought-provoking and thought-ful responses to my previous blog post "When jews aren't white." Thanks to these comments, I'm reading Albert Memmi's novel about being a Jewish person of color in Tunis right now. I hope to blog more about this topic soon. But for now, I'd like to share … Continue reading The coloring books project goes to AWP15: some (amazing) sample panels
Dear Friends – I have just finished Nathan Englander’s most recent short story collection, THIS IS WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ANNE FRANK, and it’s a brilliant, daring, rewarding, read. Englander is a master short story writer, by which I mean he can do things with the form, that make a short … Continue reading Sunday night question: What do you do when you’re not that great? July 7th 2013
With many thanks to the gloriously talented and generous Rio Liang, I joined the nominee slate for bloggerish versatility: http://rioliang.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/the-versatile-blogger-award/ I, In turn, would like to sing, oh muse, the praises of the following: 1. Joe Ponepinto, Saturday Morning Post -- Joe delivers up the saturday cuppa joe (ha) about writing, publishing, and reading literature … Continue reading Versatile blogger, c’est moi … et vous et vous et vous…
Dear Magically Real: What the heck IS Magical Realism anyway? Please advise. An admiring but confused reader. -------------------- Dear confused: No worries! Noted Seattle-7 fiction writer and essayist Kathleen Alcalá explains the term with 6 easy-to-understand criteria. Characteristics of Magic Realism by Kathleen Alcalá There are some general ideas that I think most people will … Continue reading Kathleen Alcalá explains Magical Realism!