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Can we tell the truth through lies?

Afie Jurvanen, lead singer of the Toronto band Bahamas croons in “Bitter Memories” that, “the memory of us is sweeter than we really were.” This is a lyrical parallel to David Shields’ aphorism from Reality Hunger: “Anything processed by memory is fiction.” Shields also remarks of Frey’s A Million Little Pieces controversy that he was disappointed, “not that Frey is a liar but that he isn’t a better one,” and should have defended by saying “everyone who writes about himself is a liar.” 355 more words


Lately, I’ve been thinking about genre. In my statement of purpose I sent out to MFA creative writing programs, I had (have?) a very lofty vision of the work I wanted (want?) to do with my MFA:

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Salinger, by David Shields and Shane Salerno; 2013

This biography was very compelling in its subject, but it stops there for me. Before reading… 556 more words


Short Flights

Thirty-Two Modern Writers Share Aphorisms of Insight, Inspiration, and Wit

An excerpt from the publisher’s press release:

A unique anthology that draws together the work and musings of our leading pioneers of short-form writing, this book features writers who take this time-honored literary form to new heights. 135 more words


The Essay: Theater of the Brain


Noun: A short piece of writing on a particular subject.

Verb: Attempt or try: “essay a smile”.

Synonyms: noun.  attempt – try – trial – test – experiment – assay; 730 more words

Class Reflection

I Think You're Totally Wrong

David Shields and Caleb Powell’s 2015 I Think You’re Totally Wrong will most likely make you realize you’re starved for intellectual conversation and companionship (if either of those matter to you). 346 more words

MPWs, a Metric for Great Flash Fiction

In the past, we’ve discussed how Flash Fiction is narrative. As such, it must encapsulate all the components of a longer piece of fiction. Today, I’d like to look at an opposing- or perhaps a complementary -view. 24 more words