Posts Tagged ‘literature’

Our Plesant Evils: On Shirley Jackson’s “The Possibility of Evil”

In his commencement address to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon college, David Foster Wallace pointed out to students that the most “obvious, important realities” are the most difficult to talk about. They’re the ones in which and by which we live our daily lives. They are the rituals, traditions,...
November 19th, 2013 | Literature | Read More

Let Writers Be Unashamed of Having Homemade Imaginations

In my last article, I gave a broad overview of interest-based living .  This follows with a specific instance of an unfolding interest that has actually resulted deeper immersion in my communities and greater liberty as an artist. Writing strong short stories is a recent interest of mine, but it is...
October 28th, 2013 | Art & Literature | Read More

Where’s Walden?

Thoreau’s glorified camping trip at Walden pond has shaped the American imagination and perspective on writers. Of course, writers holed themselves away in order to write far from the madding crowd long before Thoreau. But Thoreau embodied the rigorous independence, the resistance to the unnecessary...
June 9th, 2010 | Art & Literature, Culture, Technology | Read More

Useful Revulsion

Flannery O’Connor’s short stories are not for the faint of heart. I’ve only read two or three of them. They were short, but jam-packed with lots to think about. Months later, I’m still digesting. She somehow manages to create a world that is both fully revolting and fascinating...
March 25th, 2009 | Art & Literature, Book Reviews | Read More