Category Archives: Reading as writers

Opening (and continuing) with desire

Two quotations from “Silent Movie” by Charles Baxter in his collection A Relative Stranger: ¬† She was tired of men’s voices, of their volume and implacability. She had the idea that she would spend the day not listening to any … Continue reading

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Controlling knowledge and characters who teach

I finished Cryptonomicon probably two weeks ago. An excellent novel. It ends with an excerpt from Stephenson’s next book and with a system for encoding information. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, if I remember correctly, includes in its narrative … Continue reading

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Cryptonomicom

I’m really enjoying Cryptonomicon by Neil Stephenson. There are endless lessons to learn as a writer from the book. Here are four: Don’t be afraid to expand and explore. Rather than Netherland,¬†which demonstrates the virtues of a tight focus, Cryptonomiconexplores … Continue reading

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