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Writing techniques of famous authors–my experiences copying them. And thoughts on Blue Valentine.

January 31, 2011

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The Best Damn Creative Writing Blog reposted its excellent article “Write Like a Pro” a few days ago. It discusses some of the writing quirks of famous authors. I hope Adrienne Crezo doesn’t mind if I block quote most of her piece here. I can’t resist commenting on some of these habits. #1:  Be out […]

Why bother to write a memoir?

January 28, 2011

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I’m backed up by about 3 blog posts this week, but Stephen Elliott drew my attention to a New York Times article that anyone interested in memoirs should be talking about. Neil Genzlinger argues that there are entirely too many memoirs flooding the market right now, writing: “…there was a time when you had to […]

The comedy of dick-i-ness.

January 17, 2011

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Ricky Gervais. God bless him; extraordinarily funny most of the time, something of a dick in those other moments. I only caught part of the Golden Globes last night, but I watched his opening monologue with my roommate this morning. “Why would you hire somebody and get pissed off when they do their job?” he […]

Remembering The Icarus Line, or the days when rock ‘n’ roll was provocative…

January 10, 2011

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I’ve been thinking about the band The Icarus Line lately. They’re still around as far as I know, but it seems like their career peaked somewhere in 2004 when they released an album called Penance Soiree. “Up Against The Wall (Motherfuckers)” was the first single: I didn’t know anybody who liked this band outside of […]

Credibility without an MFA degree.

January 3, 2011

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Seth Abramson of The Huffington Post recently wrote about 12 myths regarding the creative writing master of fine arts. Here’s my favorite one: 1. MFA programs are “cash cows.” Nearly a third of the world’s 148 full-residency MFA programs fully fund 75% or more of incoming students. More than half of the top 50 programs are […]