Arguing about what is a good book is of course as pointless as trying to find consensus on a favourite dish. Discussing good writing, however, is another thing altogether. I came across a rather mediocre piece lately*, but decided to finish it regardless, and use it for educational purposes. Do note that I would never encourage anyone to read awkwardly written literature, as the world is full of excellent books. So don’t necessarily try the following at home.Continue reading “Read Like a Writer: A Study”
Must We Know About Donna Tartt’s Sexlife?
I start preparing for the holiday season by dusting off my old copy of The Secret History, which I have read almost every Christmas since I first unwrapped it in 1993. This means I’ve read Donna Tartt’s Modern Classic embarrassingly many times.Continue reading “Must We Know About Donna Tartt’s Sexlife?”
On Writing, Again
Despite struggling to produce full sentences, I have been spoiling myself with the wisdom of some literary giants lately. I attended an online literary discussion between Margaret Atwood and Joyce Carol Oates earlier this autumn, and just finished Alexander Chee’s brilliant essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. Herewith thoughts.Continue reading “On Writing, Again”