Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sam Anderson "Junot Díaz Hates Writing Short Stories" The New York Times

Sam Anderson's piece "Junot Díaz Hates Writing Short Stories" appears in The New York Times. Anderson interviews Díaz about writing in general and about his new book of short stories, "This Is How You Lose Her."

What strikes me most is how the interview focuses on Díaz's relative slow speed at which he produces--albeit, at which he produces critically acclaimed works of fiction.

"This receptivity to all the possible sources of inspiration is what makes Díaz's work both so distinctively rich and, it seems to me, so difficult for him to write. It's like trying to distill the ocean down to a glass of water."

Díaz talks about writing, reading, knowing when you're reading to avoid, and other fascinating topics to anyone engaged in creative festivities.

Check it out.


River Dragon Sky, a new novel

Thursday, September 20, 2012


"The Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace," Romney said. "The pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish."

Romney might've missed the section on logical fallacies in English Composition 101.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Stephen Dixon "Dead" Boulevard

Appearing in Boulevard, Stephen Dixon's story "Dead" begins with a rhythmic-tattoo repetition in the first-person narrator's mind. An aged writer, he's in the hospital, fears dying, and has already recounted the names of great artists--who have already died.

"Dreams, awake, there's always something to be afraid of."

Dream of (literary) lions, dragons, and swords amputating his arms below the elbow befuddle the hospitalized writer's thoughts.

At the end of the long-, single-paragraph story, the writer connects with a hospital tech who helps him, and he continues to list the names of dead writers. 


River Dragon Sky, a new novel