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BOOK REVIEW: The Dinner by Herman Koch

Everybody loves an unreliable narrator and Dutch author Herman Koch has come up with a doozy in his sixth novel, The Dinner. The narrator in this case is Paul Lohman, an unemployed high school teacher with an unnamed malady – and a chip on his shoulder. 288 more words

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Show and Tell

One piece of writerly advice I have a minor objection to is “Show, don’t tell.” It’s not that this is bad advice, exactly. But it can be dangerous advice if taken too literally. 775 more words

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How to Make Darkness a Character: Oppressive Environment in Borchert’s “Do Stay, Giraffe"

I first was exposed to Wolfgang Borchert in The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Daniel Halpern. Borchert (1921-1947) was a German author and actor, who fought in World War II before succumbing to liver failure. 851 more words

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The Long and Short of It

Most writers understand their own writing process and at a certain point become comfortable “owning” it. That is to say, they become comfortable with their own neurotic way of getting the words swirling around in their head down onto paper. 643 more words

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