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Literature is for the Other

I've decided to end my silence by responding to a recent Tor article by Liz Bourke entitled Sleeps With Monsters: On the Question of Quality. I have one main beef with it, and it comes as a fundamental misunderstanding of the importance of literature. But before I get to that, I want to address a… Continue reading Literature is for the Other

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Midweek Patreon Update

I'm doing a midweek update to inform you I've changed my Patreon goals. I originally said that I wanted to be at $100 per month by the end of the year in order to keep the blog "alive." But now I'm changing that to $50 per month by the end of September (with the old… Continue reading Midweek Patreon Update

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Critical Postmodern Readings, Part 4: Derrida

This series hasn't been as rough as I've expected this far. The first few parts showed some of the classic postmodernists to be clearer and more prescient than many give them credit for. This changes all that. Derrida is rough going. I chose his most famous work, Differance, for today. I couldn't remember if I had… Continue reading Critical Postmodern Readings, Part 4: Derrida

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Critical Postmodern Readings, Part 3: Baudrillard

Jean Baudrillard is one of those postmodernist philosophers that people can name but probably don't know much about. He's most famous for his work Simulacra and Simulation, in which he argues we've replaced everything real in our society by symbols (more on this later). If you're thinking of the movie The Matrix, then you've understood. That movie gets… Continue reading Critical Postmodern Readings, Part 3: Baudrillard

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Examining Pro’s Prose Part 13

Graham Greene is one of my favorite "classical" English language writers (I guess I mean he's taught in some schools). I first read The Power and the Glory eleven years ago, and I was blown away by it. I haven't returned to the novel since then, but I wanted to use it to dig into Greene's… Continue reading Examining Pro’s Prose Part 13

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Year of Short Fiction Part 6: Cosmicomics

I've sort of been dreading this one, but it's the only thing remaining on my short fiction list that I own. Three years ago I wrote up my interpretation of Italo Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler. Calvino can be strange and highly symbolic, but that book's meaning jumped out at me with little… Continue reading Year of Short Fiction Part 6: Cosmicomics

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I've come to a crossroads recently. I write a blog post every week. It takes time. The last one was close to 2,000 words and required reading a book. For the past three years I've been writing full time, and so blogging can be a burden that cuts into this with no monetary rewards. This… Continue reading Become a Patron!