Every Wednesday Christian takes a look at some of the best writing moments from his favorite writers. This week, an excerpt from an interesting interview with writer Chuck Palahniuk about…verbs?
Every Wednesday Christian takes a look at some of the best writing moments from his favorite writers. This week, the beginning of John Cheever’s outstanding short story, Reunion.
Every Wednesday Christian takes a look at some of the best writing moments from his favorite writers. This week, it’s the amazing Kurt Vonnegut and a selection from BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, one of the great American novels.
I think that the way I approach books is not from the position of contention against that world, just simply saying, “Well, why do I want to read a book that takes me four days that I could basically see in a movie that takes me two hours?” A lot of what’s at stake today […]
Think of a STORY. My contention is that a story can be made sufficiently complex that it achieves some measure of self-awareness – in fact I believe this is what’s happening when authors talk about characters ‘taking control’ or when they say ‘the story just took a turn I wasn’t planning…’. When I was doing The […]
7 December It is the pledges that this place makes to me, pledges that cannot be redeemed, that confuse me later and make me feel I am not getting anywhere. Everything is presented as the result of some knowable process; if I wish to arrive at four I get there by way of two and […]
Walking toward Montparnasse I decided to let myself drift with the tide, to make not the least resistance to fate, no matter in what form it presented itself. Nothing that had happened to me thus far had been sufficient to destroy me; nothing had been destroyed except my illusions. I myself was intact. The world […]
In my suffering there is nothing ennobling. Little of what I call suffering is even pain. What I made to undergo is subjection to the most rudimentary needs of my body: to drink, to relieve itself, to find the posture in which it is least sore. When Warrant Officer Mandel and his man first brought […]
Basically I agree with the view that writing novels is an unhealthy type of work. When we set off to write a novel, when we use writing to create a story, like it or not a kind of toxin that lies deep down in all humanity rises to the surface. All writers have to come […]
“What would you do if you were God? Or let me put it in a simpler way: supposing that every night you could dream any dream you wanted to dream. What would you do? Well first of all, I’m quite sure that most of us would dream all of the marvelous things that we wanted […]