Monthly Archives: March 2015

When writing moves you

Yesterday I attended a Hazel Reading in San Francisco. The Hazel Reading Series features eclectic and experimental work by female writers. Each month, the current readers nominate the readers for the following month, so the voices are an ever-evolving, ever-expanding dialogue on a … Continue reading

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Cujo by Stephen King (building realistic, intelligent characters)

In his memoirs, Stephen King says that he was so drunk when he wrote Cujo that he doesn’t even remember writing it—which is a shame because he says he likes Cujo. I have to say, this is absolutely astonishing that he was … Continue reading

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Updike and dominant metaphors

Another interesting thing I’d like to mention about John Updike is his use of the central metaphor. In Adam Begley’s biography, Updike, the young Updike is at Harvard taking lectures on Shakespeare from Harry Levin. And it’s at this early stage … Continue reading

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