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Spider Robinson - Wikiquote
"Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased — thus do we refute entropy."
1996  1990s  quote  spider_robinson  sci-fi  writing  fiction  pain  joy  life  callahan 
october 2018 by cluebucket
George Saunders: what writers really do when they write | Books | The Guardian
"It might be more accurate to say that it occurred to him to do so; in a split-second, with no accompanying language, except maybe a very quiet internal 'Yes.'
"He just liked it better that way, for reasons he couldn’t articulate, and before he’d had the time or inclination to articulate them.
"An artist works outside the realm of strict logic."
"The artist, in this model, is like the optometrist, always asking: Is it better like this? Or like this?
"The interesting thing, in my experience, is that the result of this laborious and slightly obsessive process is a story that is better than I am in 'real life' – funnier, kinder, less full of crap, more empathetic, with a clearer sense of virtue, both wiser and more entertaining.
"And what a pleasure that is; to be, on the page, less of a dope than usual."
george_saunders  guardian  writer  writing  author  essay  book  2017  2010s  art  expression  logic  donald_barthelme  gerald_stern  albert_einstein  quote  method  empathy  social_media  leo_tolstoy  problem  fiction  metaphor 
march 2017 by cluebucket
The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin
"We've heard it, we've all heard all about all the sticks spears and swords, the things to bash and poke and hit with, the long, hard things, but we have not heard about the thing to put things in, the container for the thing contained. That is a new story. That is news."
"The trouble is, we've all let ourselves become part of the killer story, and so we may get finished along with it. Hence it is with a certain feeling of urgency that I seek the nature, subject, words of the other story, the untold one, the life story."
ursula_le_guin  author  theory  writing  1986  1980s  sci-fi  fiction  essay  work  story  narrative  caveman  hunting  action  virginia_woolf  container  bag  elizabeth_fisher  tool  lillian_smith  human  women  hero  book  quote 
october 2016 by cluebucket
The Only Thing I Envy Men - The New Yorker
I like this opening:
"I have often, in the past decade or so, wanted to write something about “women writers,” whatever that means (and whatever “about” means), but the words “women writers” seemed already to carry their own derogation, and I found the words slightly nauseating, in a way that reminded me of that fancy, innocent copy of “Little Women” that I had received as a gift as a child but could bear neither to look at nor throw out. What was I going to say?"
rivka_galchen  writing  reading  newyorker  author  women  2016  2010s  virginia_woolf  helen_dewitt  evelyn_piper  dorothy_hughes  vera_caspary  patricia_highsmith  rachel_ingalls  fiction  genre  noir  crime  japan  natsuo_kirino  taeko_kono  shirley_jackson  claude_lévi-strauss  gender  denis_johnson  muriel_spark  envy  baby  yoko_ogawa  essay  arnold_schwarzenegger 
march 2016 by cluebucket
Achewood § June 30, 2009
"She blushed until she fainted. He knew what to do."
webcomic  achewood  comic  2009  2000s  philippe  romance  fiction  writing  typewriter  funny 
october 2015 by cluebucket
'American Sniper' Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize | Rolling Stone
haven't seen it. he says "Eastwood, who surely knows better," (... but I wonder?)

"The problem of course is that there's no such thing as 'winning' the War on Terror militarily. In fact the occupation led to mass destruction, hundreds of thousands of deaths, a choleric lack of real sanitation, epidemic unemployment, and political radicalization that continues to this day to spread beyond Iraq's borders.

"Yet the movie glosses over all of this, and makes us think that killing Mustafa was some kind of decisive accomplishment -- the single shot that kept terrorists out of the coffee shops of San Francisco or whatever."  matt_taibbi  review  movie  film  clint_eastwood  iraq  war  politics  forrest_gump  bradley_cooper  chris_kyle  american_sniper  2015  2010s  soldier  hero  violence  psychopath  fiction  disturbing  criticism  vietnam  veteran  cambodia  laos 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Facts about life in a small town? - smalltownlife | Ask MetaFilter
where you get it from? I got it from the town!
so how you gettin down when the town get down?

nonseq: just quoting (MC) Hammer c. 2006 for no real good reason
ask.metafilter  rural  town  idea  fiction  america  life  BlahLaLa  hometown  childhood  nostalgia  community  farm  2014  2010s 
december 2014 by cluebucket
Books about Osaka? - japan | Ask MetaFilter
Osaka: The Merchants' Capital of Early Modern Japan (McClain & Wakita)
Visions of Virtue (Najita)
Takarazuka (Robertson)

Teru Miyamoto : Maboroshi no hikari, Doro no kawa
Oda Sakunosuke : Stories of Osaka Life
Ihara Saikaku : The Eternal Storehouse of Japan

Naniwa kin'yūdō ナニワ金融道 (Aoki 1990s)

Naniwa erejii 浪華悲歌 (Mizoguchi 1936)
ask.metafilter  book  osaka  japan  fiction  author  nonfiction  film  history  list  recommendation  大阪 
november 2014 by cluebucket
George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year -
The students seemed really sharp, and Saunders is clearly committed to them. “With this caliber of student, you have to be really honest,” he told me. “It keeps you looking at your own process, so you don’t import any nonsense.” In an interview several years ago with Ben Marcus for The Believer, Saunders defended the time spent in an M.F.A. program by saying, “The chances of a person breaking through their own habits and sloth and limited mind to actually write something that gets out there and matters to people are slim.” But it’s a mistake, he added, to think of writing programs in terms that are “too narrowly careerist. . . . Even for those thousands of young people who don’t get something out there, the process is still a noble one — the process of trying to say something, of working through craft issues and the worldview issues and the ego issues — all of this is character-building, and, God forbid, everything we do should have concrete career results. I’ve seen time and time again the way that the process of trying to say something dignifies and improves a person.”
It’s hard to maintain, the softness. It’s an effort. That Dubai story ends with these lines, wisdom imparted from Saunders to himself: “Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.”
found a printout of this under several sweatshirts in the covers of my bed, felt lovely again
george_saunders  writer  writing  2013  2010s  short_story  nytimes  joel_lovell  tenth_of_december  job  life  interview  work  death  lorrie_moore  mary_karr  tobias_wolff  junot_díaz  humanity  author  syracuse  new_york  david_foster_wallace  sumatra  1970s  1980s  dream  suicide  soft  fiction 
january 2013 by cluebucket
Love in the House | Harper's Magazine
"Most of the men who claim tonight that they love Emily really do love her, even if they’ve barely spoken to her. Is this normal? No. But that doesn’t mean it’s dismissible as acting. Fakeness gives rise to realness that, granted, ... may not survive when the fakeness ends. But the contestants do, or did, experience real feelings as a result of fiction. The readers of novels experience real feelings as a result of fiction. And what about the characters? They don’t not fall in love, just because a writer orchestrated it."
heidi_julavits  2012  2010s  2000s  tv  writing  essay  bachelor  bachelorette  emily_maynard  love  romance  emotion  feeling  crush  choice  fake  reality  authenticity  fiction  psychology  dating 
january 2013 by cluebucket
Los Angeles Review of Books - Judy Blume: Three Essays
"In Blume’s writing is evidence of an immensely talented listener. In her hands, Margaret’s voice is so authentic that it’s practically inaudible. “Our new car is a Chevy. It’s green,” is the unassumingly note-perfect conclusion to one paragraph. “She had a big behind. Also, she wore a hat” isn’t played out as a body-parts joke; it’s simply what Margaret sees. Blume employs no tricks: no pointedly botched grammar, punctuational explosions, or would-be comically incongruous “adult” observations ripped from the pages of a Disney Channel teleplay. “The booklet recommended that we use Private Lady sanitary supplies. It was like one big commercial. I made a mental note never to buy Private Lady things when and if I ever needed them.” Blume may be editorializing here, but because we know Margaret so well by now, the comment seems incontestably Margaret’s own."
judy_blume  deenie  tiger_eyes  are_you_there_god  1970s  1970  1973  1980s  1981  essay  writing  youth  book  reading  teenage  nostalgia  puberty  growing_up  life  death  nell_beram  nina_berry  andrea_kleine  fiction  review  lareviewofbooks  2012  2010s  religion  faith  adolescence  novel 
december 2012 by cluebucket
Why I Love Marilynne Robinson : The New Yorker
"'On some impulse, plain exuberance, I suppose, the fellow jumped up and caught hold of a branch, and a storm of luminous water came pouring down on the two of them, and they laughed and took off running, the girl sweeping water off her hair and her dress as if she were a little bit disgusted, but she wasn’t. It was a beautiful thing to see, like something from a myth. I don’t know why I thought of that now, except perhaps because it is easy to believe in such moments that water was made primarily for blessing, and only secondarily for growing vegetables or doing the wash.'
"Robinson discusses her conviction that the capacity to make imaginative connections with other people, familiar and foreign, is the basis of community"
mark_o'connell  newyorker  marilynne_robinson  writer  author  book  writing  style  eloquence  religion  christianity  novel  2012  2010s  gilead  morality  imagination  fiction  community  review  21st_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
Pick up just about any novel and you'll find the phrase "somewhere a dog barked." - Slate Magazine
"If novelists share anything, it's a distant-dog impulse. Picture an author at work: She's exhausted, gazing at her laptop and dreaming about lunch.
"Really, are there so many out-of-sight, noisy dogs in the world? Listen: My bet is you'll hear a highway, an A/C unit, or another human before a dog starts yelping."
slate  rosencrans_baldwin  writing  fiction  review  language  phrase  device  dog  bark  funny  essay  2010  2010s  narrative  trope  hollow  author  writer  trick  21st_century 
august 2012 by cluebucket
The Use of Poetry : The New Yorker
"Her bucolic name in this connection intrigued him. He thought of a generous strapping lass, manure-streaked, astride a tractor—and then did not think about her again. The term ended, he went home, his mother died, and the summer was lost to grief and boredom and numbing, inarticulate silences at home with his father. They had never discussed feelings before, and had no language for them now. Once, when he saw from the house his father at the bottom of the garden, examining the roses too closely, he was embarrassed, no, horrified, to realize from the tremors of his father’s shoulders that he was weeping. It did not occur to Michael to go out to him. Knowing about his mother’s lovers, and not knowing whether his father knew—he guessed he did not—was another impossible obstacle."
ian_mcewan  newyorker  fiction  short_story  poetry  john_milton  scientist  parenting  affair  marriage  relationship  oxford  postwar  1947  1940s  1960s  1970s  writing  divorce  21st_century  20th_century 
february 2012 by cluebucket
The Believer - Interview with Jason Schwartzman
BLVR: There’s that Tom Petty line “Think of me what you will, I’ve got a little space to fill.” I always think that’s great, because, truly, he’s probably just filling space.

JS: “You Don’t Know How It Feels”? [Singing] “Let me get to the point: let’s roll another joint.” Another great example of simple.
believermag  jason_schwartzman  magazine  interview  music  book  question  kristine_mckenna  ross_simonini  2011  jonathan_ames  fiction  culture  lyrics 
february 2012 by cluebucket
from back in my high school browsing days
whygodwhy  writing  writer  homepage  kevin_fanning  kfan  author  fiction  short_story  prose 
october 2011 by cluebucket

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