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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


“Plots are for dead people.”


I stumbled across David Shield’s Reality Hunger a few days ago at the Tucson Festival of Books. The first thing that caught my attention was the cover, it’s red, its awesome, and then I noticed the quotations on the front. 1,650 more words


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Sort of a reflection on David Shield's Reality Hunger, sort of not.

Cut and Paste Philosophy

I’ve tabbed many pages of David Shield’s Reality Hunger, and I have been rereading these sections in the past few days. They’re particularly helpful in reminding me of my own philosophy on art and writing. 743 more words


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Who doesn't love quotations?

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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