Tag Archives: the New Yorker

What’s Your Genre, Bubba? “A Better Way to Think About the Genre Debate” from the New Yorker

  Everybody (readers, writers, Amazon) thinks they know what genres are, but do they really–today? [EXCERPT from this fascinating article] It’s hard to talk in a clear-headed way about genre. Almost everyone can agree that, over the past few years, … Continue reading

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“How to Write a Sentence” from the New Yorker (seriously)

[The following are, verbatim, the first several paragraphs of this profound and priceless sentence-writing guide as it appeared in the august New Yorker magazine. ]   Well, here you are, looking at this, trying, hoping, floundering, scrabbling, wishing, dying to … Continue reading

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Skimming over the Surface of Our Lives and Missing the Point

A disturbing and all too true assessment of our writing, lives and our times. Read it. Your life depends on it. A Memoir Is Not a Status Update  by Dani Shapiro On the absence of depth, insight and hard won … Continue reading

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Is Digital Reading Eroding Our Ability to Think and Reason?

“READING IS A BRIDGE TO THOUGHT” –  close reading, that is…. This is a very interesting article from the New Yorker that validates an intuition and suspicion I’ve had for a while, and it’s something that’s been needling me for … Continue reading

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Those edgy New Yorker covers!

A Christmas issue of the New Yorker knocked my socks off with its depiction of Pope Francis on his back in a snow drift making a snow angel (see below). Brilliant and funny all at once. Now I find in … Continue reading

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Flannery O’Connor “My Dear God”

Followers of this blog who have taken the trouble to wade through my whimsical though approximately accurate “About” page will have discovered that I am a great admirer of the short stories and novels of Flannery O’Connor.  We are co-religionists … Continue reading

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