Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Long and Short of Show and Tell

In the inner sanctum of MFA programs and scattered across the pages of numerous ‘how to’ books, there are ‘rules’ for modern writers. In fact, there are sacrosanct commandments. 1. Thou shalt show, not tell, and do it in the … Continue reading

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The poor son of a bitch

“The poor son of a bitch,” said Dorothy Parker, quoting The Great Gatsby, on seeing F. Scott Fitzgerald lying in state in 1940. He was 44 years old. Another film adaptation is at the Cineplex. Baz Luhrmann’s movie with Leonardo … Continue reading

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The Necessary Murder: Part III

The eyes of the crow and the eye of the camera open On to Homer’s world, not ours. I began with Auden and his “Spain” in Part I because he, like his fellow writers in the Thirties, advocated violence against … Continue reading

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