Everything Unfinished

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

Magical Contamination and Playing it Straight

I just read Stephen Kessler’s The Mental Traveler, a pellucid fictionalization of a mental breakdown during the late 1960s.

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Tell Me About Your Childhood

In a café in Marin last weekend, I met up with a friend who’d just read a draft of a novel of mine.

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Electric Literature no. 3 (Winter 2010)

“Electric Literature” is now three quarters of the way to being a bona fide quarterly publication, and is available “in every viable medium: paperback, Kindle, iPhone, audiobook, and eBook.”

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Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Bookshop

A woman opens a bookshop in an East Anglian village, and things go about as swimmingly as they might if, say, Jude the Obscure opened a bookshop…

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A Distant, Grudging, Even Uncomprehending Respect for Chiclets

All the Samuel R. Delany letters quoted in this post are from the collection 1984.

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Innokenty’s Epiphany

It was interesting which scenes stuck in my mind for twenty-five years until I came to read the unexpurgated translation of Solzhenitsyn’s In The First Circle.

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Innokenty’s Phone Call

I just sort of reread Alexsandr Solzhenitysn’s In The First Circle.

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Kinds of Reading

High literary reading owes a lot to religious reading, where the text is treated as sacred.

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“Cousin Teresa” by Saki

On one level, Saki (H. H. Munro) was clearly reproaching the British for being less concerned with the maintenance of their Empire than with the domains of popular entertainment and dogs – and who can blame them really?

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Smeary Covers

“Why, why, why would a company publish a book this good and then practically demand that people not read it? Why should this book go to waste?”

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Balm in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead

Gilead takes us into the consciousness of a humble provincial minister preparing to die.

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InsideStorytime COSMOS

“All the most important trends of the last century come from California: the collective dreams in cinemas round the world.”

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Avoiding Words of Foreign Origin

Maybe without the importation of foreign words and ideas into Russia, the Revolution couldn’t have happened.

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Parts Fitting Together

Every event that occurs in a novel sheds light on all the novel’s other events.

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Housman’s Razor

“A. E. Housman’s test of a true poem was simple and practical; does it make the hairs at one’s chin bristle if one repeats it silently while shaving.”

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