The firefly's flame
Is something for which science has no name.
I can think of nothing eerier
Than flying around with an unidentified glow on a person's posteerier.
from Good Intentions, 1937
Labels: Ogden Nash
fiction, poetry, the craft of writing, and the literary life in the Pacific Northwest
Labels: Ogden Nash
from Google News
NEW YORK (AP) — Stuart Dybek, already a winner this week of a MacArthur "genius" grant, is this year's recipient of the $30,000 Rea Award for "originality and influence" on the short story.
Dybek, 65, is a Chicago native known for story collections such as "The Coast of Chicago" and "I Sailed With Magellan." His previous honors for short fiction include the PEN/Bernard Malamud Prize and four O'Henry awards.
"With three distinguished collections of short stories, Stuart Dybek has created his own country," said a statement from Rea judges on Tuesday. "The coast of Chicago is his landscape, one he has inhabited, pondered, remembered and made hauntingly real."
On Monday, Dybek was one of 24 "genius" fellows announced by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Each will receive $500,000 over the next five years.
The Rea award was established in 1986 by Michael M. Rea, a publisher and collector of first-edition short stories who died in 1996. Previous winners include Ann Beattie, Richard Ford and Alice Munro.
"Special Awards Recipients Announced
My pal Julie Dearborn has a fine and funny essay up at The Summerset Review. Click on "Unsolicited."
Marvin Bell will read on Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 7:00 pm Manor
There is a chance that Dublin Bay, a yarn parlour in NW Portland, may carry Bartlett Yarn. Bartlett is my favorite yarn. A sturdy yarn, it softens with use, feels good on the hand and the needles, and comes in a range of beautiful colors. It is the very yarn that Elizabeth Zimmerman used. And in fact, Rangeley (one of the Bartlett line) is available at Schoolhouse Press, the online store run by Meg Swanson (EZ's daughter).
"It is actually not difficult to make everyone in any audience feel and think the same thing at the same time. It is not difficult to lock down meaning and manipulate response. What is trickier is to generate an event or a moment which will trigger many different possible meanings and associations. It takes craft to set up the circumstances that are simple and yet contain the ambiguities and incongruity of human experience." p. 106
Although A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre is aimed at directors and others interested in theatre, there is much that is useful for the writer. I've often heard about using method acting techniques to get inside a character. I was an actor, and then became a director, and I find the directorial approach more useful, particularly for revision.