It took slogging through 3 novels
before I became a believer. Of course I mean David Foster Wallace’s work, and I think I went about it backward—starting with “The Broom of the System,” then on to “The Pale King” (discussed here in an earlier writing), and finally, “Infinite Jest”—the novel that jettisoned him into stellar notoriety, and the topic of this post. As always, I...
My Muse Took a Powder
It’s been since spring. I miss my muse. So much left-brain marketing, crossword putzing, SEO, daylight work. And now the holidays loom. O! to niche out a day, a week, a month. So many projects await; concepts amassed. And yet they bide their time, churning on my downloaded app, poised to be realized.
And the Winners Are[n't] In! Review 3 of 3
I am relieved to announce I have lived up to my vow to read the 2012 Pulitzer Prize trilogy of finalists who were passed over (indeed, no prize was awarded); and have with some difficulty, lived through “The Pale King,” David Foster Wallace’s unfinished novel. Certainly the most complex, the longest, of the three candidates, as an audio book it proved challenging without printed...
And the Winners Are[n't] In! Review 2 of 3
Continuing with the trilogy of the unselected (Pulitzer Prize for fiction 2012), I’ve read Swamplandia, written by Karen Russell. I wasn’t so sure about it at first, its absurdity outpaced its complexity until mid-way through the book. The premise was so unbelievably, well, odd, that warming to the characters took time. But once the characters developed, and the plot thickened (so to...
And the Winners Are[n't] In! Review 1 of 3
Since a best fiction book was not awarded a Pulitzer Prize this year, I’ve decided to read the three books that were submitted to the committee. This is the first one I’ve read. “Train Dreams,” written by Denis Johnson, was a beautiful narrative with haunting imagery. The writing was so sparse, the people uncomplicated in mind and action—the story beautifully...
"They" told me I should do this
Drowning in SEO advice (good and not so much), I finally arrived at tumblr. To blog, but not too much. And I can display my art. But first, I have to figure this site out.