M.Leddy + fiction   184

“The niece of a department store”
Forty-two pages in, I’ll vouch for Kenneth Fearing’s The Big Clock.
fiction 
10 hours ago by M.Leddy
In extremis
Interior monologue, from Arthur Schnitzler’s Fräulein Else.
fiction 
10 hours ago by M.Leddy
To Vienna by train
Arthur Schnitzler does so much with a handful of details.
fiction 
9 days ago 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 
19 days ago by M.Leddy
Uncle Toby and the fly
Uncle Toby Shandy, Tristram says, had “scarce a heart to retaliate upon a fly.”
fiction  LaurenceSterne 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Yorick, soulful
A sentence, a paragraph unto itself, startling in its unambiguous sincerity.
fiction  LaurenceSterne 
9 weeks ago 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 
9 weeks ago 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 
9 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Clara
From Arthur Schnitzler’s “Baron von Leisenberg’s Destiny.”
fiction 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Mornings after
Arthur Schnitzler and Thomas Merton.
fiction  ThomasMerton 
10 weeks ago 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 
12 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“Undercover whispers”
The last two pages of Toni Morrison’s Jazz (1992) are two of my favorite pages of fiction.
fiction 
12 weeks ago 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
“He knows that he is a thinker”
From Alfred Döblin’s short story “Astralia.”
AlfredDöblin  fiction 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Holy war, noble peace
From Hans Herbert Grimm’s novel Schlump.
fiction  war 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
“Just poems about spring and that”
From Hans Herbert Grimm’s novel Schlump.
fiction  war 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
“A few sacks of peas”
From Hans Herbert Grimm’s novel Schlump.
fiction  war 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
”Headed for the Front”
From Hans Herbert Grimm’s novel Schlump.
fiction  war 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Food fight
From Schlump, Hans Herbert Grimm’s novel of the Great War.
fiction  war 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Carrying on
Winston Smith has begun to keep a diary. Will there ever be someone to read it and understand?
fiction  GeorgeOrwell  writing 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
“Standing outside your life”
From “Letter from an Unknown Woman.”
fiction  Zweig 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
”With no idea where he was going”
I love these Zweig stories, which turn stock elements of fiction into the stuff of small masterpieces: a castle, footsteps on a gravel path, a distant forest, a weeping governess, a letter left on a breakfast table, an old painter, a waiter in a grand hotel.
fiction  Zweig 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
From The Day of the Owl
An excellent novella by Leonardo Sciascia.
fiction 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
Windrip’s universities
Education in It Can’t Happen Here and here in Illinois.
education  fiction  politics 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
Orgy-related
From Honoré de Balzac’s story “Sarrasine.”
Balzac  fiction 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Tertan and Blackburn and Howe
A Lionel Trilling story of an instructor’s encounters with two students, one madder than the other.
fiction  teaching 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
“Easily five foot eight or nine”
From Honoré de Balzac’s story “Another Study of Womankind.”
Balzac  fiction 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
“In the dark like ourselves”
From Willa Cather’s Shadows on the Rock.
fiction  WillaCather 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
From One of Ours
The meaning of “literature.”
fiction  literature  WillaCather 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Happy people, poor psychologists
From Stefan Zweig’s The Post-Office Girl  .
fiction  Zweig 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Little world
A passage from Stefan Zweig’s The Post-Office Girl .
fiction  Zweig 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Jean Jarrett, letter writer
Beverly Cleary characters writing to their pen pals.
BeverlyCleary  fiction  letters 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Cursive Quimby
Ramona must be in the clutches of the Palmer Method.
BeverlyCleary  childhood  fiction  handwriting 
may 2016 by M.Leddy
Dowdy-world miracle
Talking on the telephone. From Beverly Cleary’s Fifteen.
BeverlyCleary  dowdyworld  fiction  telephone 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
Stoner and adjunct life
An adjunct instructor, writes about John Williams’s novel Stoner .
academia  fiction  teaching 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
“[M]erely everyday life”
A passage from Willa Cather's “The Old Beauty.”
fiction  WillaCather  time 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
“[N]ow I travel with my photographs”
A passage from Willa Cather's “The Old Beauty.”
WillaCather  fiction  time 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
Our mutual frown
Our Mutual Friend feels like the work of a tired writer, and it was making us tired.
Dickens  fiction  reading 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
Tea cakes and lemonade
From a New York Times article about publicity for the new, not-new Harper Lee novel Go Set a Watchman.
culture  fiction 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: palaver
“When I see that word, I think of James Joyce’s story ‘The Dead,’ in which it’s spoken by Lily, the caretaker’s daughter.”
fiction  JamesJoyce  words 
october 2014 by M.Leddy
Review: J. D. Salinger, Three Early Stories
“The stories are short, and slight. Gathered here, they make a meager bouquet, but a bouquet nonetheless, and a wondrous one, something rather than nothing.”
fiction  Salinger 
august 2014 by M.Leddy
Bel Kaufman (1911–2014)
“Up the Down Staircase captures like no other novel the inanities of educational institutions — ‘the gobbledygook, the pedagese, and the paper miles of words,’ as Miss Barrett calls them in a letter — and the always present possibility, despite all the nonsense, of genuine teaching and learning.”
fiction  teaching 
july 2014 by M.Leddy
Joyeux anniversaire, M. Proust
There are novelists, on the other hand, who envisage a brief plot with few characters. That is not my conception of the novel.
fiction  Proust 
july 2014 by M.Leddy
Liveright Bookshop, Hotel Dressler
A 1925 ad promising sanctuary and speed, relaxed browsing and instant gratification. Reminiscent of what goes in his Stephen Millhauser’s novel Martin Dressler.
advertising  culture  fiction 
march 2014 by M.Leddy
“Something is missing”
A passage from Absalom, Absalom! that works as a compact reader’s guide.
fiction  reading 
february 2014 by M.Leddy
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