Why I love fanfic writers…

I love fanfic writers. Fanfic writers break the rules. Fanfic writers let their characters say “I don’t know.” A lot. Fanfic writers let the plot take forever to get to the point, there’s none of this wham “get the story moving in the first 100 words” bullshit. Characters have no relationship at all to their […]

Comedy, Power, Rape Culture, and Lincoln F. Sternn…

There was an outbreak on Twitter this morning of quotes around the classic, classic film, Heavy Metal, which is one of my all-time favorite movies.  But the outbreak had me thinking about an important issue, which is writing comedy. Almost all comedy emerges from a disputation of power.  In the classic man vs. man or man vs. […]

Devon Monk’s “Dead Iron: The Age of Steam, Book 1″

Dead Iron by Devon Monk My rating: 3 of 5 stars Devon Monk’s Dead Iron: The Age of Steam is a mash-up urban fantasy-meets-steampunk-meets western. Set in a 19th century Oregon small town facing change as the rail comes closer, Dead Iron is a satisfactorily well-written but by-the-numbers example of how steampunk ought to be written. In Monk’s formulation, the veil between […]

Writing in the key of grey: James Salter’s “Dusk and other Stories”

I’ve been reading James Salter’s Dusk and Other Stories, a collection of short stories from Salter’s long career as a contributor to high contemporary fiction. This is literature of the “literature genre,” the genre which insists its not a genre at all, but the sine qua non of writing, as if they were artist of the […]

Review: Jeanette Winterson, The Stone Gods

So, I’ve finished reading The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson, and my reactions are mixed, to say the least.  My primary reaction was one of intense sadness: she really does believe that she’s braving new territory.  She is completely unaware that she’s hacking through a jungle right next to a long, well-trodden road and the […]

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