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Indicators of Sexism in Fiction

Powerful women are threatening to men (see “overbearing wife,” “femme fatale,” “punitive matriarchal leaders”) Male heroes talk down to women Female bodies are casually violated (see rape, pregnancy…any kind of … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

On Being a Writer and Ill at Ease in the World

I’ve never known a writer who didn’t feel ill at ease in the world. … We all feel unhoused in some sense. That’s part of why we write. We feel we … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

harpercollins: “Colons, commas, periods, and capital letters segment a reality that is continuous and made up of discrete, intensely realized moments.”—Stanley Fish from How to Write a Sentence (And How … Continue reading

September 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Writing in Cafes

When I’m down, and when I’m up, I go to a cafe. I’ve gone to write, to read, to see friends or to get away from friends, to have strong … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Antique Fetish

The antique as directly experienced is quite unaffected by period or style, whether the object is a model or whether it is serial in character, whether or not it is … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sometimes I think my whole professional life has been based on this hunch I had, early on, that many people feel just as muddled as I do, and might be … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reading for Fullness; Conference for Readiness; Writing for Exactitude

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Constructing and Resolving Tension

Tell me no pointless jokes. I will laugh at your refusal to allow me laughter. Build me no tension toward tears and refuse me my lamentations. I will go find me better wailing … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Writing as Inoculation

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. Ray Bradbury, “How to Climb the Tree of Life, Throw Rocks at Yourself, and Get Down Again without Breaking Your … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Language Is Perception

Language is not a handmaiden to perception; it is perception; it gives shape to what would otherwise be inert and dead. Stanley Fish, How to Write a Sentence: and How … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · Leave a comment