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David Shields, "Other People: Takes & Mistakes"

David Shields makes it look easy—turning thoughts, experiences, attitudes, insights, personal history, wounds, slings, arrows, literary criticism, film criticism, and random reminiscences into compelling prose. Open the dictionary to a random page, throw a dart and give David Shields a prompt—you get the feeling he could riff off any random noun, verb or preposition. 971 more words


Whose House are You Building?

Guest Blogger: David Shields

Thus says the Lord of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord.” Then the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while his house lies in ruins? 630 more words

Lyric Essay: John D'Agata

With John D’Agata’s The Lifespan of a Fact, we explore the realm of the lyric essay. We have been working our way toward this very current and somewhat controversial turn in nonfiction writing: where the creativity of “creative nonfiction” emerges into the essay, formerly and formally thought of as dry, dead. 807 more words


The Author But Not the Title

#Authors I’ve heard of but not of these works….

Sherwood Anderson. “I Want to Know Why.” (story)

Stanley Kunitz. “Around Pastor Bonhoeffer”. (poem)

Richard Wilbur. “Love calls Us to the Things of This World”. 22 more words


Recomposition: Emerson's Original Quotation

Emerson has long been known as a sort of patron saint of originality in American culture. The primary location for this message is his essay… 582 more words

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Tolstoy Journal, January 20, 2017

Back in the saddle on the Tolstoy front. In Florida I read no Tolstoy–instead I read Reality Hunger by David Shields and The Cretan Runner… 524 more words

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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; 766 more words

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