Admission of Guilt?

In May 1999 George Lucas appeared on British light entertainment morning show The Big Breakfast.  When interviewer Johnny Vaughn asked him to discuss the story of The Phantom Menace, the following exchange occurred.   Read more »

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The Future Will be Blue

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Strikes Against Video Games Being Considered as Art

The following items are not definitive proof video games are not art, but rather exhibits of evidence suggesting they may not be.

1) They have stupid titles. Read more »

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Literary Confusion

Abaddon’s Gate is Literary Space Opera at its Absolute Best

by Andrew Liptak

June 3, 2013

Looks like somebody doesn’t know what “literary,” applied to a novel, means. Here’s the first page of Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey: Read more »

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Annals of Superhuman Persistence, Vol. V: Chad Hodge

Hodge was so enamored of Crouch’s books that he wrote the pilot script for Wayward Pines on spec, meaning he worked for several weeks without the guarantee that he’d ever get paid.

Oh shit.  Several weeks?  That is brutal.  How ever did he maintain such superhuman persistence over such a lengthy time period with only the probability, not the certainty, of getting paid?  If I were to give up writing, I would only have myself to blame for not succeeding, since I never showed as much persistence as this master of the will.

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How Much Persistence is Needed?

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Answer: a little bit more than you showed.

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Hierarchy of Quality

You are Katherine Heiny, and when you’re 24, you write a second-person short story for an MFA creative writing workshop at Columbia University¬ — “How to Give the Wrong Impression,” about a graduate student who is secretly in love with her male roommate — and you send it out to 31 literary journals, all of which turn it down. One editor writes you a harsh note, attacking the story as indicative of what is wrong with MFA programs and saying that your story demonstrates you have nothing to say.

When you tell a friend that no one wants your story, she asks you what The New Yorker said about it. You admit you have not sent it to that magazine, and your friend laughs. She says you were supposed to start with The New Yorker. Read more »

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Persistence Notes

“I never would have continued as a writer if The Temple of Gold had not been taken by the first publisher I sent it to. I’m not that masochistic. There was no way I was going to write anymore. I didn’t know that then, but I know it now. There was no encouragement; no one ever said I had any talent. I had never written anything much over two pages long. I had done badly in school in terms of writing. I did not want to be a failure, but I did not have the courage to write a second book if the first had not been accepted.”

—William Golden, in Richard Andersen, William Goldman, Twayne Publishers, 1979 p 26


I imagine many have felt the same. How many of them wrote books that were not taken by the first publisher they sent it to? Or

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Reading Material

Today marks the tenth anniversary of when I began keeping a record of every book that I read.  Therefore, without further ado, I present the complete reading material of a decade.

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Miguel, ma belle
These are words that go together well
My Miguel

Miguel, ma belle
Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
Tres bien ensemble
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