In this video from Aero Gramme Writers’ Studio, Ian McEwan discusses writing about love, in fiction:
“It’s very difficult to do happiness in novels in a sustained way.”
In this video recorded by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art earlier this year, Ian McEwan reflects on making romantic love work in fiction, the amazing evolution of the novel as a genre, and the mature writer as a toddler of old age.
Ian McEwan has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize six times, winning the prize in 1998 for Amsterdam. His most recent novel, Sweet Tooth, was published in 2012.
Check this list, so you’ll know what happened if someone fampled you. And did you franch it?
Or when you’re working on your bad habits, you onychotillomaniac.
Or whether to get mad if someone calls you a sneckdraw or a wallydrag.
Check Jamie’s list:
No, to whom.
As usual, Randall at xkcd.com gets it right:
Not sure why I’m putting this here – you already know this.
Maybe to show your kids. YOUR kids probably already have ’em down, though.
You know what a palindrome is – you read it one way, it makes sense. You read it in reverse, still makes sense.
This one has gone viral since Jon Reed won second place in an AARP contest, a few years ago – I bet you’ll start composing one of your own after you see it.
Wordplay: The effect of language on spending; or, how you view the future & how it shapes your world
There. Told you what this is about….here’s the deal: I promise you will look at the rest of the day & the things you say differently, after you digest this little rendering of a seemingly counter-intuitive thought.
Someone told me once that poets who write haiku are lazy.
I don’t believe that. Hand me the pliers.
Ran into a friend who mentioned she admires Derrick Jensen, and that she has this on a stickie on her computer:
“Writing is really very easy. Tap a vein and bleed onto the page. Everything else is just editing.”
Kinda reminds me of what Arlo Guthrie says:
“Song-writing’s just kinda like catching fish–you sit there and pull them out as they go by – though I think it helps to be upstream from Bob Dylan.”
If you haven’t met Canadian comic & philosopher Steven Wright, it’s about time you did. To make it easy, here’s a primer on the way he sees things, in his words:
All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my hand.
The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.
OK, so what’s the speed of dark?
How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
Support bacteria – they’re the only culture some people have.
When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy. Read more “Another angle: Worldview, with Steven Wright, from the second mouse”
Canadian folk group The Good Lovelies are on a roll – presently on tour in the Midwest of the USA, they put on a solid show in Victoria, BC in August & will return in November…if you haven’t heard them before, this is a good chance to hear them in a sweet version of the famous Cohen song: