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

January 31, 2011


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


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


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


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


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 […]