>The Best American Writer-Ever

> My hero. In the realm of classic literature, there are a few American names that spring to mind. Let us proceed chronologically. 19th Century: Poe, Twain or Melville are the only ones who stand a chance of being called the greatest American writer. Huck Finn is one of the most influential books in our… Continue reading >The Best American Writer-Ever

>The Sylvia Plath Effect

> Stuck inside my head with the thinking about the future blues again. Ohh, you’ve written this before – too many artists have succumbed that way. You need to back out of your own mind again. Think about Shakespeare, think about whatever it is you have to to take your mind off of what it… Continue reading >The Sylvia Plath Effect

>Hapax Legomenon, David Byrne, and Hemingway’s Love

> Hapax legomenon. I learned this phrase the other day. It is an instance of a word occurring once in a language, the work of an author, or a single text. It’s a very pretentious phrase but one that has great import for writers. This fact has been motivating me to keep writing: 44% of… Continue reading >Hapax Legomenon, David Byrne, and Hemingway’s Love

>Twain, Tolstoy and Austen, Oh My!

> The literature world is abuzz with news. Mark Twain’s autobiography is finally going to be released after 100 years of waiting. I’ve been reading a lot of his pithy one-liners: “Adverbs are the enemy of the verb;” “Travel is fatal to prejudice” and admiring them for their brevity and truth. Hemingway greatly admired the… Continue reading >Twain, Tolstoy and Austen, Oh My!

>Lamentation for the Comma

> Oh, comma! Dear friend, connector of clauses, I am ridding my writing of you! Ernest Hemingway and many other writers before him recognized that commas are burdensome. Sometimes they are necessary, but other times they are burdensome. When you are using conditional statements it helps to use the comma. But, as this sentence demonstrates,… Continue reading >Lamentation for the Comma