“Abstruse dullness is actually a much more effective shield than is secrecy. For the great disadvantage of secrecy is that it’s interesting.” ― David Foster Wallace, The Pale King Tax season is upon us. Already, forms are arriving in the mail, and… Read More ›
I have heard this book described as magical realist, and I don’t necessarily disagree, but I don’t agree, either. I think magical realism is kind of a catch-all term that get put on things that often don’t deserve them. It’s… Read More ›
Three Novellas that Examine the Power and Possibilities of Language–and a Language that Makes Users Human Lie Detectors.
Language is a slippery thing. I often marvel that American high schools require four years of English but not math or history, and think that it’s because rhetoric, language, and the grit that it takes to grasp and wield are… Read More ›
To me, one of the great narrative failures is when important information is kept from the audience simply because the author wants to maintain the secret. The narrator knows. They share winks and nods with other characters in the scene…. Read More ›
“You might not get this book back,” the student said, despite my name being written in permanent marker like the gold leaf on bible pages. I’m not particularly protective of books. In fact, every good book I’ve ever loved (in… Read More ›