|Posted on January 24, 2020 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
I didn't expect Dawson City, Yukon to come up twice in one week. I especially did not predict that both would have something to do with feet, even marginally.
At the start of 2020 I vowed to read more books by people not like me. Considering I'm middle class/cis/straight/white, that opens up quite a few possibilities.
I happened upon Ivan E. Coyote's collection of short stories and essays the way I do most books: I dug the cover. I was quickly drawn in by the warmth Ivan gives to the "characters" and the love that infuses every passage. Ivan's colorful collection of friends and family makes wish I knew them personally.
As much as I enjoyed all the entries, "Imagine a Pair of Boots" stood out as a highlight. A metaphor on the issue of transgender pronouns, it gave me a greater understanding of how those tiny little words are anything but.
Please consider not just reading this story (apologies for the reddit link) but checking out the book (link, and author's site, below).
(Photo from Arsenal Pulp Press. Buy the book through this link or through the usual sites.)
|Posted on August 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
I generally love Lit Hub, but I was disappointed after reading Temple's article. I'm one of the few people who didn't understand what all the fuss was about with Roupenian’s "Cat People", so when I caught wind of this, I was excited to see a similar mindset or a dissection of what I was missing. Instead, after a delicious build-up of important issues and ideas, it ends with a thud:
'The reaction to this story—a work of literary fiction, don’t forget—has been overwhelmingly “me too,” and while I haven’t seen “#metoo,” that is unmistakably the landscape in which we are operating. Is that a bad thing? Is that a good thing? Does the fact that people love this story because they relate to it mean that it is not great literature? Does it mean that it is? I suppose everyone will have to decide for herself.'
Well...great. I already have my own opinions, thanks—I was hoping for the author of this piece to delve into hers. Instead, we get a collection of commentary from around the internet (oh good, I had no idea how to find tweets otherwise) and a tossed off quip passing for an ending: 'If a single non-reader stumbles on “Cat Person” and decided they’d better go read Bad Behavior, I’m ready to call it a win.'
Yeah. I guess.
Anyway, not sure we ever discussed literary pieces here, but if you read "Cat People", what did you think? All views are welcome, I love to hear different perspectives on stories.
|Posted on December 10, 2018 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
from Facebook, 6/12/17
Recently I read Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story through Action, Emotion, and Theme (Alderson, Rosenfeld). Focusing on how emotion drives the plot of a story, Writing Deep Scenes shows you how to fully mine the possibilities to get to the heart of your work. Basic plot construction is also discussed in terms of four-act structure.
For those who get impatient with repetition, take note: they do rehash details throughout. But for me, it meant the difference between flipping back and forth to find those golden nuggets and plowing ahead.
I hated to return this one to the library. I had more post-it tabs in there than anyone has a right to!
My review was posted this morning on The Writer's Workout. Take a look!
|Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
From Facebook post 1-14-17
I'm cheating. I may cheat for a little while, too, until something comes to me.
I'm attempting to write two reviews. But when it comes to stuff I like, it takes forever to figure out how to express myself. I'm trying for a much less stupid way of saying "this book is like...SO good, guys!" but the thesaurus only does so much work for you. In person I'm even worse; this is why I don't talk much.
Anyway, thanks to my ineptness, I always appreciate a good dialogue scene, whether in print or on screen. The first thing that comes to mind is the dinner scene from the vastly underrated Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country. It's quite possibly the best of the original series after Wrath of Khan (except for maybe The Search for Spock. Ranking is a tough call). I feel for the crew of the Enterprise; it must be tough to make conversation with a Klingon. I'd be all, "What's the weather like on Qo'noS? Nippy? It's no Rura Penthe, I bet...that's a joke, son...more ale?"
Enjoy! The Hamlet and Hitler jokes are killer. (7:02)