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Digressions – Reading Lolita because of Reading Lolita in Tehran

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by C.T. D'Alessandro I have to confess to a literary "squirrel" moment, except that, when it comes to reading, such a moment might last for days or even weeks.  And like most digressions, this one has proven most instructive and pleasurable. I began my personal book challenge with Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran (you can see [...]

Whatever next? How plot grips us, from Dickens to Line of Duty | Books | The Guardian

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Creative, Reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |

How do the best stories work? John Mullan examines what today’s TV dramatists can learn from the masters of the trade Source: Whatever next? How plot grips us, from Dickens to Line of Duty | Books | The Guardian

Avengers of the New World — Laurent Dubois | Harvard University Press

By | May 31st, 2016|Categories: Diversity, Research, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The first and only successful slave revolution in the Americas began in 1791 when thousands of brutally exploited slaves rose up against their masters on Saint-Domingue. Laurent Dubois weaves the stories of slaves, free people of African descent, wealthy whites, and French administrators into an unforgettable tale of insurrection, war, heroism, and victory. He establishes the [...]

What makes bad writing bad?

By | May 25th, 2016|Categories: Publishing, Reading, Writing|Tags: , , , |

The biggest mistake most writers make is thinking they have nothing left to learn Source: What makes bad writing bad?

How Do You Read? – The Pleasure Of The Slow Read

By | May 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Diversity, Reading, Reading Challenge, Teaching, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |

by C.T. D'Alessandro I'm a slow reader. Not slow as in I-read-100-words-a-minute slow. I'm actually a terrifyingly fast when looked at in terms of word count (a consequence of a speed-reading class I took in 8th grade). When I say I'm a slow reader, what I mean is that I actually sit with a book for [...]

» 12 Things I Noticed While Reading Every Short Story Published in 2014-15 (or, Extremely Long Titles That Are Complete Sentences Are Still Very Much a Thing)

By | May 24th, 2016|Categories: Publishing, Reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |

At the end of an unlit dead-end corridor in the basement of Calhoun Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus stands an unmarked door. Behind it are hundreds of literary magazines, journals,… Source: » 12 Things I Noticed While Reading Every Short Story Published in 2014-15 (or, Extremely Long Titles That Are Complete Sentences [...]

Close Reading – The Atlantic

By | May 20th, 2016|Categories: Reading, Teaching, Writing|Tags: , , , , , |

Learning to write by learning to read Source: Close Reading - The Atlantic

What’s All This About An Author’s Platform?

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Publishing, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

by C.T. D'Alessandro Okay, I'm going to get make an obvious observation. I don't know what I'm doing here. I mean, I know what I'd like to do. When I started this blog, I had this vision of filling it with my interests, all of which would feed into my writing, until which time I actually [...]

Book Challenge – Twitter Hashtag

By | April 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Diversity, Reading, Reading Challenge, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

April 30, 2016 May's novel for the Reading Challenge will be Reading Lolita in Tehran, A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi. I realize that it is listed as number 7 on the Reading Challenge post of April 29, 2016 but the list is in alphabetical order and I already have this book on my tbr pile. [...]

The Unbearable Weight Of Staying – (the end of the relationship) | warsan shire

By | April 28th, 2016|Categories: Diversity, Poetry, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |

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