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Writing from the Heart of the City

Sometimes, when reading a book, a single passage makes you stop and take note of it, dog-earing the page, highlighting the lines, or as in my case copying it into file of maxims and similar memorabilia. I’d been enjoying—immensely—Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, one of a slew of classics I’ve set aside to read now that … Continue reading

Pay the Writer, Part 3: Changes in the Writing Industry and How They Affect a Writer’s Economics

As many of you have mentioned in commenting on the last two posts, reading is on the decline, and there is nowhere near the market necessary to support the number of people who would like to make a living from writing. That makes sense. Although humans have a need for stories to help them explain … Continue reading

AWP 2013: Not as Funny as I’d Hoped, But I’m Not Disappointed

I’d say it’s one of the traits of a good comedian or comic writer to know when something is not funny. I arrived in Boston on Thursday for the Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, fully intending to find enough weirdly dressed or oddly behaving writers to make for a blog as humorous … Continue reading

The Case of the Copula Overdose, or, Why I’ll Never Write (or Read) the Same Way Again

I reviewed a book a while back that has stayed with me for many months and has affected the way I write and read, and it’s opened my eyes to a weakness in much creative writing, even in published books. Douglas Glover’s Attack of the Copula Spiders (Biblioasis, 2012) criticizes many aspects of fiction, but … Continue reading

More Scary Stories from the Future of Creative Writing

Last week’s blog about computer generated creative writing (an oxymoron perhaps?) has me thinking about the future of fiction and creative nonfiction. If, as seems inevitable, computers will usurp our ability to write novels and essays someday, what will we read? Let’s go one hundred or so years into the future, when CGW is perfected, … Continue reading

Tahoma Literary Review Now Open for Submissions

TLR is officially open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. To find out more about this new (paying) literary journal, please visit us at Tahoma Literary Review.

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