Tag Archives: literature

  1. Bringing the Dead to Life: Paratext in The House of Leaves and The People of Paper

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    12/16/2016 by Stephen Silke

    How Paratext Returns the Focus of a Text to its Author Click to view the Prezi-made annotation Advertisements

  2. The Encyclopedic Novel: That Really Long Book You Talk About Knowingly, but Have Never Finished Reading

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    07/17/2014 by Stephen Silke

    dogs and big books are fun and hard to hold (up)

    It seems that certain writers get to a point in their careers where they can’t stop writing–and from what I …
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  3. The Brevity Cycle: David Foster Wallace, Sufjan Stevens, & Mortality

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    09/07/2013 by Stephen Silke

    It’s 5:42am–too early on a Saturday morning–and I’m at the near-the-university Starbucks. “Year of Our Lord” by Sufjan Stevens is …
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  4. The Process of Shaping: A Few Tobias Wolff Short Stories

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    05/08/2013 by Stephen Silke

    On 30 April and 1 May of 2013, short story writer and memoirist Tobias Wolff was a featured writer at …
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  5. Writing Exercise: Building a Story Prop

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    03/12/2013 by Stephen Silke

    I recently read Charles Baudelaire’s short book Paris Spleen (see related post), and the story “A Poor Child’s Toy” really stuck …
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  6. Quotations From a Lecture by Ryan Griffith

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    03/01/2013 by Stephen Silke

    On February 6th, 2013, storyteller Ryan Griffith lectured on writing at Grossmont College. Here are some quotes from my notes: …
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  7. Baudelaire’s Paris Spleen vs. Dylan’s Tarantula

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    01/30/2013 by Stephen Silke

    Two unlikely books are the subject of this post. First, I’ll comment on how unfair it is. It is unfair. That …
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