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Why medicine is good training for writing fiction

What a conspicuous omission by not mentioning Percy in this article. Here is an extract from my forthcoming paper.

With Percy’s medical training echoing in the deep background, he took the view that the novelist is a diagnostician, “a literary clinician” so to speak, identifying “the particular lesion of the age.” Percy extends the analogy by going on to say that “the artist’s work in such times is surely not that of the pathologist whose subject matter is a corpse and whose question is not ‘What is wrong?’ but ‘What did the patient die of?’” (Percy 1991, 206). 197 more words

Philosophical Literature

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Our readers are guaranteed to enjoy this story by one of our favourite writers, Martha Perriam:

“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”

I was only 17 when I left home and went to University – as green as the grass in my father’s Somerset fields.  1,080 more words

Short Stories

"The Seagull" Crashes and Burns

On this date in 1896, Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s play “The Seagull” premieres in St. Petersburg. The play is a flop, leading Chekhov to say, “Not if I live to be 700 will I write another play.” 11 more words


VR and Forum Theatre

In Chekhov’s The Seagull a young, snobby playwright bemoans the old traditions of theatre. New forms, he calls out for. New forms he (spoiler) kills himself for. 788 more words



Five Great Short Stories by Anton Chekhov

Personal Note: My husband and I have been traveling a lot this Summer, and all of our worldly belongings are in storage, so I haven’t had a chance to get much reading done. 376 more words



It was early Saturday morning when we struck out for Chekhov’s estate, Melikhovo, 75km south of Moscow. We hit a great deal of dacha traffic on the way which delayed us considerably. 556 more words

International Teacher

An Imperfect Reader

Anna Funder’s recent presentation on ‘The Art of Fiction’ at the Melbourne Writers Festival was very impressive and well-received. The highlight for me was when she spoke about her 2014 long short story or short novella ‘The Girl with the Dogs’. 570 more words