Everything Unfinished

Everything Unfinished is a literary blog out of San Francisco, by James Warner.

Jo Walton’s Farthing

Farthing is a country house murder mystery, set in an alternate time-line where Britain and Nazi Germany have made peace some time after the fall of Dunkirk.

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Asserting Our Lack of Connection

“In the act of trying to save the old from destruction, we are asserting our lack of connection to that world.”

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Gift or Trade?

“It is the exception, not the rule, to be paid for writing of literary merit, and the fees are rarely in accord with the amount of labor.”

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Suicide and Self-Obsession

I suspect self-obsession is a side-effect of depression rather than a cause of depression?

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A Zing, Even

This line became even more depressing to read after Disch himself joined the ranks of poet-suicides in 2008 — the more so since I never detected any threat of such a thing in anything Disch himself wrote anything.

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Fear of Failure

“… the person who fears failure prefers tasks which are either very easy or very difficult. If they are easy he is unlikely to fail; if very difficult then the disgrace attaching will be small, for no one really expected him to win.”

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Jamesian Windows

Henry James in The American Scene thought the new buildings of New York ugly, with too many windows.

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Clinophobia

Once in Berkeley I met a writer who claimed he always slept in a leather armchair, instead of on a bed.

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Ridiculous Reasons

In our culture we segregate the areas of our lives where we want emotionally satisfying explanations from the areas of our lives where we want logically verifiable explanations.

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Anna Wierzbicka’s English: Meaning and Culture

In English: Meaning and Culture, Wierzbicka argues that such words as “fair,” “reasonable” and “right” are so specific to Anglophone culture that they can’t be adequately translated into other languages.

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InsideStorytime ENTANGLEMENT

Alvin Orloff, a veteran of the San Francisco reading series, author of Gutter Boys and I Married an Earthling, returns to InsideStorytime reading from a new work.

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A Year of Blogging Dangerously

I’m overcome with gratitude that life affords me any time at all to write stories and novels — blogging feels like a way of giving back.

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Some Art-Languages

The Internet, while being no help at all to real endangered languages, may help preserve new art-languages from disappearing.

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Paul Auster’s The Music of Chance

It’s probably best to learn about this book in as random a way as possible, since it’s kind of a paean to randomness.

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Promises and Prohibitions

Think how many fairy-stories feature decisions made by people who don’t know what they’re doing.

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