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Shakespeare and Lebowski

Little know fact: Shakespeare wrote “The Big Lebowski”: http://runleiarun.com/lebowski/.

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Freaknest

I finished Lance Olsen’s Freaknestlast week. Very interesting. It’s easy to call it experimental speculative fiction. It takes place, for example, in a future full of astonishingly Godish technology that doesn’t seem to have solved a single enduring human problem. … Continue reading

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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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