Category: bookish

Metafiction defined

Metafiction defined

When I tell people I blog about metafiction, I often hear “What’s metafiction?” So I thought rather than examine a particular work this week, I’d discuss metafiction and perhaps arrive at a working definition for the purposes of this blog.

#FridayReads: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

#FridayReads: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Every Friday I share a book I’ve been reading. Please share your own #FridayReads in the comments! I’m embarrassed at how long it took me to read Maya Angelou. But now that I’ve started I can’t get enough. I’ve read The Complete Collected Poetry of Maya Angelou (1994) and Letter to My Daughter (2009), and...

#FridayReads: No Kidding: Women Writers On Bypassing Parenthood

#FridayReads: No Kidding: Women Writers On Bypassing Parenthood

Every Friday I share a book I’ve been reading. Please share your own #FridayReads in the comments! I do not want to have children. I have never wanted to have children. I will not apologize because I know what I want, no matter how many times people tell me ridiculous things that are none of...

Don Quixote: Meta masterpiece

Don Quixote: Meta masterpiece

I went into my reading of Don Quixote expecting to be bored to tears, but having the book put in its proper historic and social context made me realize that the Quixote is about much, much more than a lunatic chasing windmills. Not only is it a story within a story, but a story within a story within a story, and Cervantes uses that story within a story within a story to make one of the most hilarious social commentaries this world will ever see.

Why I love experimental fiction

Why I love experimental fiction

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and sometimes fiction is truer than truth. And sometimes, in order to tell a story the right way, you need to let the story know it’s a story.