allaboutgeorge + shortstory   32

Kurt Vonnegut's 'Look at the Birdie' --
"Shameful days, shameful days," he murmured. "And to think that I was once a respected professional man."
fiction  shortstory  story  writing  losangeles  psychology  photography 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Lauren Groff - Rooms
I have a friend who writes outdoors. He likes the fresh air, he says, the light, the thousand shifting changes in the world. Outside, his imagination can go wild, like a pet cat that escapes and imagines itself feral until kibble-time.

This friend is the kind of person who makes you drunk with exuberance, and after I heard about his method, I decided that I, too, would become a plein-air scribbler, sunburnt and prolific. For an afternoon, I sat at the park down the street and waited for inspiration to descend like Glinda the Good Witch and touch me with her twinkly wand.

Instead, the white sky above was too much like a blank page, infinite in possibility, and, terrified, I slunk on home. I do best in small, dark places, and would probably write well in a closet, if it weren't for the indignity of sitting amongst the coats.
writing  fiction  shortstory  story  creativity  space  work  aesthetics  memory 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why I've had enough literary sex - Telegraph
"It is even harder than writing comedy – it's all about pace and timing. And just as not everyone has the same sense of humour, not everyone has the same erotic triggers. But sex sells so sometimes the critical faculties disappear.

"It's the same with art. You can be the most amazing collector but when it comes to erotic pieces, the quality control goes out the window and you end up with something that looks as if it has come from Forum magazine circa 1970."
sex  writing  fiction  uk  humor  shortstory 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge George Kelly's review of Rachel Kramer Bussel's "Bedding Down: A Collection of Winter Erotica"
The blank page can look a lot like a snow-covered field. You enter with a sense of expansion and freedom, watch the trail you leave behind. [...]
sex  fiction  shortstory  reviews  writing  winter 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - David Benioff
"To me, the best storytellers these days tend to be genre writers, because so much literary fiction has drifted away from the idea of telling a story. Narrative fiction is often looked down upon."
story  fiction  russia  war  creativity  writing  authors  novels  books  shortstory 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
What Is Jhumpa Lahiri's Hook? -- New York Magazine
"Does John Updike get asked this question? Does Alice Munro? It’s the ethnic thing, that’s what it is. And my answer is always, yes, I will continue to write about this world, because it inspires me to write, and there’s nothing more important than
identity  creativity  writing  fiction  literature  novels  shortstory  story 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Raj, Bohemian: Fiction: The New Yorker
"My taste had been central to my identity. I’d cultivated it, kept it fed and watered like an exotic flowering plant. Now I realized that what I thought had been an expression of my innermost humanity was nothing but a cloud of life-style signals [...]"
newyorker  research  marketing  fiction  shortstory  story  business  corporations  identity 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Abyss & Apex : Fourth Quarter 2007: Wikihistory
Note to self: Send a couple of beers for linking to this short story.
comedy  fiction  history  humor  internet  wiki  wikipedia  time  shortstory  story  nazi  scifi  writing 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Fray Issue 1: Busted! - Hobo Balls by Eric Spitznagel
"Everything changed, however, when I moved to Sonoma, a quaint small town in Northern California in an area better known as The Wine Country."
shortstory  wine  bayarea  beverages 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
criminal odes - / in print
" 'She put her mouth close to my ear so that her breath was warm again on my cheek, as it had been in the car, and whispered the vilest epithet of which the English language is capable. Then she walked out to her cell.' "
fiction  crime  criticism  reviews  aesthetics  creativity  novels  shortstory  story  writing 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Questions for Nathan Englander - The Fabulist - Deborah Solomon - New York Times
"A novel is not a long short story, and I had to learn how to write one. It was so important to me that my novel not feel like, 'Oh, look at these linked stories that don’t crumble when you lay them side by side.' "
novels  writing  fiction  shortstory  judaism  usa  argentina  creativity  story  aesthetics  identity 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Mr. Wicked
“Far from being escapist, children’s fantasy always has been a lot more attuned to the social and political realities of the 20th century than we like to think."
shortstory  story  fiction  creativity  children  theater  drama  parenting 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
New Yorker: Primo Levi's "A Tranquil Star"
"Al-Ludra oscillated, but not regularly: not like a pendulum; rather, like someone who is at a loss between two choices."
fiction  shortstory  literature 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: How to Speak a Book
"Everything we write — through any medium — is lost in translation. But something new is always found again, in their eager years. In Derrida’s fears. Make that: in the reader’s ears."
writing  fiction  nonfiction  novels  shortstory  aesthetics  creativity  identity  technology 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
January Magazine: Profile | Kim Stanley Robinson
"Everybody is addicted to stories and all of religion is just a version of stories, and so stories become more important than just entertainment, because we model so much behavior. Life imitating art is as common as can be."
fiction  ethics  shortstory  novels  writing  creativity  art  religion 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Tales of the Out & the Gone. By Amiri Baraka
"No one could be anywhere unless they didn’t yet exist. What existed changed and changed. The buildings rotted and the people disappeared. Reappeared. And the people whose metaphor had been stolen could not imagine what was going on."
books  fiction  reviews  newjersey  writing  shortstory  poetry  literature  aesthetics  identity 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
AScribe: Low Self-Esteem? Avoid Crime Novels with Surprise Endings
"People with low self-esteem rated the surprising ending as much less enjoyable than the confirmation ending. People with high-self-esteem reacted in the opposite way, disliking being confirmed and enjoying being surprised."
fiction  writing  novels  shortstory  research  crime 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Wired 14.11: Very Short Stories
"We'll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn.") and is said to have called it his best work."
creative  english  fiction  humor  literature  memory  minimalism  poetry  reading  scifi  shortstory  story  writing 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve: Catch and Release, by Jami Attenberg
"If only he was not the kind of man who felt the need to crush the world around him because he felt crushed by it every single day."
sex  men  women  gender  power  nyc  fiction  shortstory 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve: Photons by Justin Tussing
"Light never felt as important as it did on her. When night settled it would loathe to leave her. Light liked it best when she cleaned — with the dust suspended in the air it could see where it touched her."
shortstory  fiction  love  sex  physics  light 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Half-Dozen Ways to Watch the Same Movie
"Tolstoy said that the most important element in writing fiction is your ability to master transitions. That is the gift of multiple narratives. It turns out to be such a cinematic idea."
story  fiction  cinema  shortstory  writing  drama 
november 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Learning curve
"You become a different writer when you approach a short story. When things are not always having to represent other things you find real human beings begin to cautiously appear on your pages."
zadiesmith  shortstory  fiction 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Prospect UK: Raymond Carver's "Principles of a Story"
"Some writers have a bunch of talent; I don't know any writers who are without it. But a unique and exact way of looking at things, and finding the right context for expressing that way of looking, that's something else."
shortstory  fiction  writing  novels  aesthetics 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve: Sera Gamble's "Blue Star"
"So she ran. People run. For as long as they're alive, there are things they run from. It's a luxury of being alive, running."
fiction  aesthetics  beauty  shortstory 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve: Middle Ground by Ada Calhoun
"Falling for a narrator is weird. It entails a curiously absorbing sensation of wanting to simultaneously be and sleep with the person who owns the voice that's entered your head."
identity  writing  novels  men  women  shortstory  aging 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
The Morning News: Diaries of Andy Warhol, Terrorism Czar
"Then he asked, 'Anything else going on? Did you come up with any plans or strategies to fight terrorism?' 'Yes,' I said. 'I am sending David Bowie to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.'"
shortstory  terrorism 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Tom Godwin's "The Cold Equations"
I read this sci-fi story a long time ago; a recent Agonist post mentions it in the context of the tsunami
tsunami  scifi  shortstory 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Socialist Review: China Miéville's "'Tis the Season"
"Call me childish, but I love all the nonsense - the snow, the trees, the tinsel, the turkey. I love presents. I love carols and cheesy songs. I just love Christmas™."
christmas  shortstory  socialism  uk  writing 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
New Yorker: Zadie Smith's "Hanwell in Hell"
"It's only a notion I have . . . stupid notion." "No, go on—I didn't understand you." "A signal that the world is good. Beautiful women help you know that." "Even if you can't bloody have them?" "Especially then."
fiction  shortstory  zadiesmith 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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