Archive | November, 2009

Gas mask or robot?

Well?

Well?

 

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Pilgrim, I think

Unbuckle my hat.
Unbuckle my hat.
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Vilont People Episode 4: Ninja Temple

The Vilont People - Ninja Temple

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Eye Ball Yo Yo

Here, catch.

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Review of Pissing in the Snow at Fictionaught

nothing terrible in that

My latest review for “Rediscovered Reading” at Fictionaught’s Blog has been posted.

Pissing in the Snow by Vance Randolph was originally published by the University of Illinois Press in 1976, and reissued as a rack-sized mass-market paperback by Bard in 1977. In the late seventies, it was a best seller. The edition I have has a roller-rink-style ring of concentric circles around the title on a yellow background. It shows sparsely forested slopes with tracks in the snow. You can buy a copy from Amazon for a penny. (full review)

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A Great Article on Portland’s Publication Studio and Jank Editions

Publication Studio Matthew Stadler and Patricia No

Portland's Publication Studio Offers More Accessible and Sustainable Publishing Model by Liz Hummer

Since September, Matthew Stadler and Patricia No have been bringing the corner to life every morning, rolling the presses of their industry-changing venture, Publication Studio, from dawn to midday. Stadler likens the business to a neighborhood bakery, opening at six a.m. to create their wares and having them ready to sell by later that morning. But, in this case, they’re printing and binding books, not baking scones. — “Portland’s Publication Studio Offers More Accessible and Sustainable Publishing Model” by Liz Hummer in Neighborhood Downtown Notes

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Vilont People Episode 3: Cereal Killer

The Vilont People Episode 3 - Cereal Killer

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About Story Units

Story Units

Story units in my brain.

I have a review coming out in a couple of days where I use the term “story unit.” And I’m putting this here is a kind of footnote so I can link back to this spot when the review is posted.

A story unit is my way of referring to a granular chunk of narrative that is separate from the words used to tell the story. You can think of a story occupying layers. There is subtext, text, and then narrative wrapped up in a pretty package of context. As a writer I find very simple schemes useful as long as they are kind of right. For instance, the mantra: “subject, verb, direct object” has been very helpful for me as a kind of writerly Prozac.

These pieces of narrative are called different things by different people depending on their discipline. I have tried several times to read about narratology. Since I write stories it would seem to make sense that studying the “science of narration” would have something useful to say about the writing of stories. I believe it does, but the texts I’ve read came from a discipline intent on distancing itself from the various competing forms of linguistic theory and an assortment of structural, post-structural, formalist, and neo-formalists theories. These various academic and ideological fights were so old and entrenched that I couldn’t make any sense out of what I was reading. A few times I’ve met writers and academics who have know their narratology, such as Trevor Dodge and Peter Donahue. But when I mention, okay, help! I want to know what is in these books. They seem kind of exahusted by it and change the subject. These are both reasonable people and I figure they would tell me what was there if from a writing stand point there was anything there.

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Hamster or Yam?

You are getting very sleepy.

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