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Amelia Gray's Museum of the Weird

#FridayReads: Amelia Gray’s Museum of the Weird

Amelia Gray’s Museum of the Weird begins with the unsettling tale “Babies” and builds layers of unsettling, odd, off-kilter, and slanted meaning from there. The stories work incredibly well on individual levels and together as a whole. “Babies” is about a woman who keeps having a baby—and then more than one baby—every night. The woman...

Nature blog: Heaven at dawn

Nature blog: Heaven at dawn

This post originally appeared on April 2, 2012 on Nature Writing. During my nature writing class at Chatham University’s MFA program, I had to keep a weekly nature blog. Each of us picked a place and spent thirty minutes in that place each week, and then wrote a blog post about it. I’ve just bought...

David Comfort’s publishing guide is not so comforting

David Comfort’s publishing guide is not so comforting

David Comfort’s The Insider’s Guide to Publishing is depressing, although I believe he was aiming for darkly humorous. Unfortunately, I found the humor to be more annoying than funny. I will save you the trouble of reading it by distilling the information here: Publication is unlikely, especially paid publication. Your book will probably flop, and...

All of it’s true, and none of it happened

All of it’s true, and none of it happened

The book is perhaps the most challenging I’ve ever read, or ever will read, both from the perspective of writing craft and from the perspective of subject matter. The images and scenes are vivid and hard to face. They show carnage, destruction, cruelty and disfigurement, all of which are worse than death.

O’Brien’s writing is the same. He tears the craft apart, destroys the genre of fiction and leaves it bleeding and raw with its guts hanging out and its head cut off and posted on a stake at the entrance.

New commenting policy

New commenting policy

I got a few inappropriate comments last week that made realize I should really have a comment policy for this blog (and my other sites, as well). You can read the new policy on the Commenting page. It takes effect immediately. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade or be the thought police; I...