Tag Archives: Katherine Anne Porter

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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Why There Is No Great American Novel

As Black History Month approaches, I’d like to ask you to look at literary history and ask, ‘Why is there no great American novel?’ I understand that many readers will scan their shelves and rush to the contrary that there … Continue reading

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