Tag Archives: literature

Writing about writing

There’s an old saying that “Those who can’t, teach.” (And fans of School of Rock will remember Jack Black’s character’s immediately juxtaposed corollary: “And those who can’t teach, teach gym.”) I don’t think that’s true, or at least not often true, but it is funny and it is thought-provoking. Many, maybe most of us, certainly […]

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Can a book be beautiful?

When we think about beauty these days a large number of potential objects come to mind; anything from a well-executed goal to a particularly difficult math problem may elicit the term. This has not, of course, always been the case. To the ancient world beauty was associated with the good, the true, and the divine. […]

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From My Reading List

In my last post I gave a brief summary of two main schools of thought in literature. The main focus of this discussion is novels and literary fiction. Not all works fit neatly into one of the two camps I mentioned, Beauty and Justice, and I grant that a great many books written with social […]

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The Goods

If you were looking over a fiction writer’s shoulder as she worked and asked her, “Why are you writing that?” Her various answers might boil down to a rather simple statement, “Because I want to make something good.” Of course, the seeming simplicity of that response is not really so simple. It begs the question, […]

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