M.Leddy + fiction   225

“The intrepid Orph”
Dunstan Ramsay recalls Orpheus Wettenhall, lawyer and sportsman — “quite the most dedicated sportsman I have ever known.”
fiction  RobertsonDavies 
20 days ago by M.Leddy
“A designer and a manufacturer”
From Robertson Davies, Fifth Business. Boy Staunton, sugar magnate, president and managing director of Alpha Corporation, praises the Reverend George Maldon Leadbeater, “a great prophet from a fashionable New York church.”
fiction  RobertsonDavies 
20 days ago by M.Leddy
“Like a duck to water”
From Robertson Davies, Fifth Business.
fiction  RobertsonDavies 
27 days ago by M.Leddy
“What the future is for”
From Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog.
fiction  life 
4 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“The art of scything”
The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a beautiful novel, and a perfect antidote to To the Lighthouse.
fiction  writing 
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Reaching Q
Thought as an alphabet of progress. From Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse.
fiction 
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“A scrubbed kitchen table”
From Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse.
fiction 
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Toni Morrison’s pencils
Dixon Ticonderoga, Paper Mate SharpWriter.
fiction  pencils 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
“What we make happen”
From James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk.
fiction 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
“Somewhere in time”
From James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk.
fiction 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
“She was Sanctified holy”
From James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk.
fiction 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
“Like pasta in a soup”
Afloat (first published in 1888 as Sur l’eau) is something of a daybook, eight long entries purportedly written in the course of a sailing trip along the French Mediterranean, one writer-passenger and a crew of two.
fiction 
october 2019 by M.Leddy
From Rock Crystal
Adalbert Stifter’s Rock Crystal is an extraordinary piece of storytelling: cozy, eerie, dream-like, fairy-tale-ish.
fiction 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Beginning to draw
Washington Black draws upon slave narratives, the Bildungsroman, magical realism, Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, Mark Twain, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison to create a story of self-discovery, of scientific discovery, of friendship and the limits of friendship.
fiction 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
“What next?”
Adalbert Stifter’s The Bachelors is a Bildungsroman, a celebration of sublime nature, a story full of sentimentality and eerie melodrama. I can honestly say that I’ve never read anything like it.
fiction 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Toni Morrison (1931–2019)
The final paragraphs of Morrison’s Jazz are one of my favorite things in all literature.
fiction 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
A lost work by Raymond Roussel
I’ve begun reading The Alley of Fireflies and just hit the little statue filled with frozen wine.
fiction 
may 2019 by M.Leddy
“Realistic underwear”
From Johannes Urzidil’s “Siegelmann’s Journey.”
fiction 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
“Well, that’s the Renaissance”
From Johannes Urzidil’s “The Duchess of Albanera.”
fiction 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
Apartments
From Johannes Urzidil’s “The Last Bell.”
fiction 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
Source sans attribution, attribution sans source
A double whammy, courtesy of student journalists.
fiction  plagiarism 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
“Whatever people did then”
From Alice Munro’s The Progress of Love.
AliceMunro  fiction 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
“Him’s”
From Alice Munro’s The Progress of Love.
AliceMunro  fiction 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
“Emptiness, rumor, and absurdity”
From Alice Munro’s The Progress of Love.
AliceMunro  fiction 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
“Mr. X and Mr. B”
Life in a business college, from Alice Munro’s “The Moon in the Orange Street Skating Rink.”
AliceMunro  fiction 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
“The evening lunch”
Life in a boarding house, from Alice Munro’s “The Moon in the Orange Street Skating Rink.”
AliceMunro  fiction 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
“Noisy and shiny”
From Alice Munro’s “The Progress of Love.”
AliceMunro  fiction 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
No more Butcher’s Crossing
Our household’s two-person Four Seasons Reading Club sometimes finds it necessary to leave a book unfinished. So it is with John Williams’s 1960 novel Butcher’s Crossing.
fiction 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
“A worm in the cheese”
From Leonardo Sciascia’s novel To Each His Own.
fiction 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Hudson Yards and the Grand Cosmo
A Manhattan model for this awful place can be found in Steven Millhauser’s novel Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer.
fiction  NewYorkCity 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
In the library
From Alvin’s Secret Code.
CliffordHicks  fiction 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
“Walton”
From Kenneth Fearing’s novel Clark Gifford’s Body.
fiction 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
“Rivalries and antagonisms”
From Kenneth Fearing’s novel Clark Gifford’s Body.
fiction 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
“The slightly confidential friend”
From Kenneth Fearing’s The Big Clock.
fiction 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
“Nearly everyone was”
From Kenneth Fearing’s The Big Clock.
fiction 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
“Me? Dangerous?”
From Kenneth Fearing’s The Big Clock.
fiction 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
“The niece of a department store”
Forty-two pages in, I’ll vouch for Kenneth Fearing’s The Big Clock.
fiction 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
In extremis
Interior monologue, from Arthur Schnitzler’s Fräulein Else.
fiction 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
To Vienna by train
Arthur Schnitzler does so much with a handful of details.
fiction 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
A swipe at John D’Agata
John McPhee: “Is it wrong to alter a fact in order to improve the rhythm of your prose? I know so, and so do you. If you do that, you are by definition not writing nonfiction.”
essay  fiction  truth  writing 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Uncle Toby and the fly
Uncle Toby Shandy, Tristram says, had “scarce a heart to retaliate upon a fly.”
fiction  LaurenceSterne 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Yorick, soulful
A sentence, a paragraph unto itself, startling in its unambiguous sincerity.
fiction  LaurenceSterne 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Yorick, translating
Visiting the Opéra-Comique in Paris, Mr. Yorick has paused to demonstrate his skill at translating gestures into speech. He now recalls an incident in Milan.
fiction  LaurenceSterne 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Letters for all occasions
From Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.

I have already confessed in a letter to a friend that Yorick and La Fleur remind me of Larry (Larry David) and Leon (J.B. Smoove) in Curb Your Enthusiasm. “What should I say to her, Leon?” “I got this, Larry.”
fiction  LaurenceSterne 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Clara
From Arthur Schnitzler’s “Baron von Leisenberg’s Destiny.”
fiction 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Mornings after
Arthur Schnitzler and Thomas Merton.
fiction  ThomasMerton 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
“Maestro!”
Arthur Schnitzler’s Late Fame is a beautifully understated satire about the pretensions of literary movements and the attractions and perils of literary celebrity — even celebrity of the most modest kind.
fiction 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
“Undercover whispers”
The last two pages of Toni Morrison’s Jazz (1992) are two of my favorite pages of fiction.
fiction 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
“Why not ghosts”
From Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon.
fiction 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
“Hi” vs. “hello”
From Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.
fiction  usage  words 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
積ん読, Berlin
2004, 2009, 2018: it’s time to read Jason Lutes’s Berlin.
art  books  comics  fiction 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
“A place remote and islanded”
From Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs.
fiction  WillaCather 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
“It wears a person out”
Mrs. Fosdick offers an addition to the philosopher H.P. Grice’s principles of conversation. From Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Fir.
fiction  philosophy 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
“When one really knows a village”
The opening paragraph of Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs.
fiction 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
“Helena, em-dash, em-dash, Helena”
It is night. In Kerkauen Castle, someone cannot sleep.
AlfredDöblin  fiction 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
Suspicion
From Adolfo Bioy Casares’s The Invention of Morel.
fiction 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
Annals of pedagogy
“The teacher who makes lessons most like games.”
fiction  teaching 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
“Black as a giant tortoise”
Zweig’s fiction is so often the stuff of a great black-and-white film.
fiction  Zweig 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
From Beware of Pity
Fourteen pages ago, Anton Hofmiller was realizing the importance of meaning something to others . Now things are different.
fiction  Zweig 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
From Beware of Pity
Anton Hofmiller has realized something, or thinks so.
fiction  Zweig 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
“Swept strangely clean”
Economy: like an Imagist poem in prose.
fiction  Maupassant 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
An art catalogue
From Maupassant’s Like Death.
art  fiction  Maupassant 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Tin-Tin
A children’s game in a Shirley Jackson novel.
childhood  fiction 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
“Buddy, the wind is blowing”
From Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.”
Christmas  fiction 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
What’s for dinner
Holly Golightly’s cooking.
fiction 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Opinions
From Alice Munro’s “Family Furnishings.”
fiction 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Nora Johnson (1933–2017)
Best known for the novel The World of Henry Orient.
fiction 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Stoner movie
The Hollywood Reporter reports that John Williams’s 1965 novel Stoner is being adapted as a movie, directed by Joe Wright and starring Casey Affleck.
fiction  film 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
“The Poet”
A second short piece of fan fiction, by me: “The Poet,” a Timmy and Lassie story. Featuring a Major American Poet!
fiction  Lassie  poetry  RobertFrost 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
“The ’Clipse”
This post contains the text of a short piece of fan fiction, by me: “The ’Clipse,” a Timmy and Lassie story.
fiction  Lassie 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Lost thoughts
Lost piles up mythic tropes and media tropes indiscriminately, from Gilgamesh and Enkidu to the Mahabharata to Pandora’s box to Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now (Mistah Locke) to Casablanca (“You’re getting on that plane”) to Star Wars to Jonestown to Raiders of the Lost Ark to MacGyver to Touched by an Angel to The Apprentice. And more, always more.
fiction  myth  television 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
"Always standing around everywhere and butting in”
From Alfred Döblin’s story “Traffic with the Beyond.”
AlfredDöblin  fiction 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
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