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Moby-Dick: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Canon

I’ve been hearing the advice to “toss out the canon” given to readers more and more of late (most recently in Austin Kleon’s email newsletter). While I agree that there are some wonderful books that are either too new or too overlooked to be considered part of the canon of Western literature, there’s also a reason that certain books are held in such high critical esteem, and not all novels are created equal. 390 more words

Reading

Screw the canon! Read what makes you happy!

A while ago I picked up Anna Karenina for probably the tenth time and attempted to read it. Like every other time that I have tried to read this novel, I became disinterested after a couple of pages and threw it down in frustration. 444 more words

Media Monday

Adventures at Every Page Turn

Epic adventures into mystical lands that defy nature and science, creatures such as the proverbial fire-breathing dragon standing as the impossible enemy to the gallant and heroic knight in shining armor, battles and trials with seemingly hopeless odds… Sound familiar? 233 more words

Why Writing Banned Books Should Be Our Goal

It is my sincere desire to write a “banned book.”

This isn’t about sex and drugs, violence, and other taboos of our social conscience. I don’t wish to write a book that’s going to be controversial just because it’s stocked with profanity and behavioral license – everyone does that, and frankly it’s cliché. 524 more words

Writing

Removing the Read Tape, OR What I'm Reading

Yeah, the pun in the title is dumb. (Get used to it; I have a thing for silly titles.)

First of all, that awful cold is attenuating, and I feel better. 506 more words