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"Gene Wolf pointed out to me five years ago, when I proudly told him at the end of the first draft of my novel American Gods
, that I thought I'd figured out how to write a novel. He told me that you never learn how to write a novel. You merely learn how to write the novel you're on."
July’s Judging explodes like a ripe and juicy mango, thanks to some tender
lovin’ from America’s favorite X-rated intellectual, Ms. Susie Bright.
"Any fiction, really. I hate to admit it, and I don't really understand it, but it's some years now -- it just seems to have gone dead for me. With one exception of course -- I can always reread Ulysses. But there's simply no impulse toward anything else, and certainly not toward the latest generation. They all seem like they shouldn't have driver's licenses, even. You do become aware of the names, of course. Who are they, Lethem, Foer, Eggers? Are they mostly named Jonathan?"
"Iím so upset with the whole thing, how angry the umpires are. This guy named Dick Young, who was a sports writer for the New York Daily News, sued me because I quoted Wendelstedt as saying that Young was a 'corruptible cocksucker.' And Young sued me over the word 'corruptible.'"
I needed a fix badly: a reunion with the light and heat that emerges when people, real people, engage with the spiritual. As a scientist, I opened this book wanting some evidence to support some answers. I wanted to shore up my own ideas about how spirituality is rooted in emotional relating, how it emerges when people are transformed so much by their relating-to-each-other that they begin to relate outward and upward, with the invisible, the unknowable.
Barbara J. King
"I wasnít a very good reader when I was a kid. I really didnít like reading, and I was never urged to read. I didnít become a serious reader till I was in my 20s. I was going out with this girl and she always made fun of me for not reading. So after we broke up I started reading. Iím not sure exactly why it happened that way, if I was trying to prove her wrong or get revenge or whatever. But thatís what happened."
I first found Oni through the guys at Famous Faces after an ad for a comic
about a goth girl named Courtney Crumrin piqued my interest. They led me past
the displays for DC and Marvel and into a whole new world, the section of the
store for independent comics.
ďI knew a line was being drawn in the sand; it was not about the money," -- the most she made then was $375 for a story, she said -- "it was about who he saw me as.Ē She felt she was being asked to choose between that marriage or her writing. ďWhile I could not imagine choosing to single-parent my kids, I could not give up my writing. It was no contest. And thereís been an enormous amount of hardship -- itís been hell -- but it made me a stronger person.Ē
"The Writers Room is a quiet place to write, itís a nurturing atmosphere, itís open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, itís reasonably priced. But to be honest, itís more of a spiritual thing. It sounds New Agey, but thereís something special about people in a room concentrating. I feel that way in libraries."
Lee Bob Black
He also collects happily collects birds, but fortunately for the rest of us he is also a very eloquent writer who somehow has managed to write a book about bird watching that interests and engages someone like me, a person who has never watched a bird that wasnít flying right in front of me.