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In a Reading Phase

William Maxwell once wrote, in “The Writer as Illusionist: A Speech Delivered at Smith College March 4, 1955,” “Though the writer may from time to time entertain paranoiac suspicions about critics and book reviewers, about his publisher; and even about … Continue reading

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The Considered Semicolon

She’s essentially a lady of dashes, I think, with lots of afterthoughts and sudden additions to what she’s saying, and not a lady of the considered semicolon … — Eudora Welty, about her character Edna Earle from The Ponder Heart — … Continue reading

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Reading List

I am gearing up to leave for this year’s installment of the BHI Writer’s Retreat, and I couldn’t be more excited. I will travel slowly; I will stay a week; I will work on chapter three of the book I … Continue reading

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O Death

O, Death O, Death won’t you spare me over til another year … — Unknown — I think a lot about death. I don’t think a lot of death, but recently I began to consider a notion of Death as … Continue reading

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The Shelf of Constant Reproach

I’ve been trying to catch up on some reading, trying to tidy up what I’ve been thinking of, since I read this article, as my shelf of constant reproach. It’s not a project I really hope to ever complete, because … Continue reading

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Mr. Maxwell

A year or so ago a friend turned me on to Sarah Waters, and I was totally taken in by her fiction. She’s contemporary, so I read her with the conscious anticipation of what’s next, knowing — figuring — that … Continue reading

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Astonishment in the Head

For six months I have been working my way through my college professor Suzanne Marrs’s new book, What There Is to Say We Have Said: the Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell.  At the end of Approaching Eye Level, … Continue reading

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