For the first time, I've formulated and written down the steps I take to create a story. Yours may differ.
And where almost nothing else happened, either, save for people talking at each other. A case study.
With amorality in art, we tend to single out the wrong things to get upset about.
In dire times, some people (me included) feel uneasy about seeking escape from the moment they're in.
Something that disturbs us can be profound, but that does not mean disturbance is profundity, or a certain route to same.
The story of a never-written project that made me realize why I don't want to rub the misery of our moment in people's faces and call that art.
Why would we find it easier to feel sympathy for a cartoon animal than another human being?
The problems with multi-installment works are worse than we think.
On the problem of avant-gardism having no criterion for failure.
In a story that spans multiverses and multi-selves, do we even need to talk about a "self"?
One thing I've long hated about myself is how picky I've become when it comes to my tastes in fiction.
Some novels by women you need to know about, and probably don't.
Two, two, TWO new translations of Machado de Assis's amazing novel came out when my back was turned!
On a few words from Raymond Carver on ''experimentation''
With many of the stories I've taken up only to abandon, what was most interesting to me about them seemed impossible to communicate to others.
On a narrow, reductionist view of fiction (and not a very good one, for that reason).
2020 just about killed my enthusiasm for reading, which was finicky to begin with.
It is not required to substitute ugly things for lovely ones in the name of some spurious bid for truth.
On the notion that if our moment in time were a story, nobody would believe a word of it.
Every single time I start a new story, I'm starting from scratch in more ways than one.
It's hard to do your own thing, and for good reasons.
I've long been wary of using fiction as a system of polemic, not because I don't care about the world we live in but because such things typically make for bad fiction
Stories aren't about happy or sad endings. They're about making sense of what happens.
When does a story's logic hold fast, and when does it break?
On the fictions of the "true story" style of moviemaking.