M.Leddy + fiction   163

“Helena, em-dash, em-dash, Helena”
It is night. In Kerkauen Castle, someone cannot sleep.
AlfredDöblin  fiction 
6 weeks ago by M.Leddy
From Adolfo Bioy Casares’s The Invention of Morel.
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Annals of pedagogy
“The teacher who makes lessons most like games.”
fiction  teaching 
8 weeks ago 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
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.
december 2017 by M.Leddy
From Alice Munro’s “Family Furnishings.”
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Nora Johnson (1933–2017)
Best known for the novel The World of Henry Orient.
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.
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
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
Stoner FTW
John Williams’s novel Stoner has been named Waterstones’s Book of the Year.
books  fiction 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Doyle and French
“Not long ago I remembered, out of nowhere, that my professor Jim Doyle once mentioned that he was a minor character in Marilyn French’s novel The Women’s Room.”
fiction  JimDoyle  life 
october 2013 by M.Leddy
Borges manuscript found
Found, in Argentina’s National Library, an unpublished bit of writing by Jorge Luis Borges.
Borges  fiction  handwriting  libraries 
september 2013 by M.Leddy
A teaching thought
From an interview with novelist John Williams, speaking of William Stoner, the professor protagonist of Williams’s 1965 novel Stoner.
fiction  teaching 
august 2013 by M.Leddy
“What once seemed ours forever”
“A Month in the Country is best read in summer, especially when fall begins to loom — as I suppose it always does.”
fiction  summer 
july 2013 by M.Leddy
“Creatures of hope”
a sentence from J. L. Carr’s 1980 novella A Month in the Country .
fiction  writing 
july 2013 by M.Leddy
Robert Walser, Microscripts
“Reading these works for the first time, I think of Laurence Sterne, Franz Kafka, and Max Jacob, but Walser resembles only himself.”
fiction  RobertWalser  writing 
june 2013 by M.Leddy
From Wittgenstein’s Mistress
“One more passage from David Markson’s 1988 novel, six pages from the end, from a litany of suffering that sounds like something from Molly Bloom’s soliloquy.”
fiction  writing 
june 2013 by M.Leddy
From Wittgenstein’s Mistress
“In spite of frequently underlining sentences and books that have not been assigned, I did well in college, actually.”
fiction  writing 
may 2013 by M.Leddy
Smith going backward
Like the punchline “No soap, radio,” the simile sounds as if it means something, but what?
fiction  idioms  poetry  simile 
april 2013 by M.Leddy
Alfred and Guinevere
James Schuyler’s Alfred and Guinevere (1958) is a charming, inconclusive novel told entirely through dialogue, diary entries, and letters.
fiction  JamesSchuyler 
december 2012 by M.Leddy
Too Late the Phalarope
I think I’m a better person for having read Too Late the Phalarope. And now I wonder why its enigmatic title didn’t move me to read it sooner.
books  fiction  JimDoyle 
july 2012 by M.Leddy
Panhandling and handshakes
Dan Ariely’s account of experiments in panhandling reminded me of a passage in Infinite Jest.
DavidFosterWallace  fiction 
december 2011 by M.Leddy
Austerlitz on time
“A clock has always struck me as something ridiculous, a thoroughly mendacious object”: from W.G. Sebald’s novel Austerlitz.
fiction  time 
november 2011 by M.Leddy
Colgate Optic White
“I find it impossible to decide what’s more plausible: that the name Colgate Optic White is the work of a snarky creative type who’s read Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man (1952), or that this new toothpaste just happens to share its name with one of that novel’s most important tropes of color and invisibility.”
RalphEllison  fiction 
november 2011 by M.Leddy
From The World of Henry Orient
A passage from Nora Johnson’s 1958 novel.
fiction  film  food 
september 2011 by M.Leddy
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