Category: Fiction & Culture

“Plugged in and Feeling the Fiction”
Imagine wearing a vest-like device while reading a book, so that when you come upon a scene brimming with heart-racing tension, the vest...
“Plugged in and Feeling the Fiction”
“Of Mice and Men, America’s Mirror of Fallibilities”
“I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally” -W.C. Fields In 1937, American writer and California native John Steinbeck...
“Of Mice and Men, America’s Mirror of Fallibilities”
Emerging Genius: The Early Stories of Truman Capote
They say the brightest stars shine too vibrantly to sustain. The most beautiful of creative talents dwindle too soon. Perhaps great artists...
Emerging Genius: The Early Stories of Truman Capote
“The Writer’s Brain on Data”
There is always another email to answer, another link to share, another picture to upload, another article to read, and always another...
“The Writer’s Brain on Data”
“The Magic of Storytelling: Films in a Flash”
Francis Ford Coppola says the earliest filmmakers were magicians. Today, the abracadabra that began the industry is clearly alive and...
“The Magic of Storytelling: Films in a Flash”
Not Myself: On Writing Other Perspectives
This never-ending debate came up several times in my MFA classes: can a writer write from the perspective of another race, gender, sexual...
Not Myself: On Writing Other Perspectives
“Flashes On The Meridian: Dazzled by Flash Fiction”
Lately there are brilliant flashes of fiction almost everywhere you look. You see them in print journals, magazines, anthologies,...
“Flashes On The Meridian: Dazzled by Flash Fiction”
“Fostering Literary Community in the Digital Age”
A writer is accustomed to solitude. Writing requires a certain amount of isolation in order for words to become stories, poems and essays....
“Fostering Literary Community in the Digital Age”
“The Digital Narrative”
Narrative nonfiction is tricky, full of emotional nuance and blatant subjectivity. Also, thanks to technology, we all write it all the...
“The Digital Narrative”
“Janina Gavankar Embraces Acting In Video Games”
In today’s world, technology dominates the little free time that the average person has throughout the day. Whether it is checking...
“Janina Gavankar Embraces Acting In Video Games”
“Through a Glass Darkly: Crime Fiction as a Window on American Culture”
The author Tom Wolfe (The Bonfire of the Vanities) once said that the purpose of fiction was, among other things, to chronicle a...
“Through a Glass Darkly: Crime Fiction as a Window on American Culture”
“Why We Read”
A skeleton key is created by eliminating certain ridges and notches. By stripping the key down so it fits only one of many necessary...
“Why We Read”
“The Caste System of Fiction”
"I distrust styles… To have a style is to be trapped." I love books. Reading probably kept me from teen pregnancy, heroin,...
“The Caste System of Fiction”
“The Rise of Storytelling in Video Games”
Graphically, video games have been evolving since the late 1980s. The Nintendo Entertainment System evolved into the prettier Super...
“The Rise of Storytelling in Video Games”
“TV Watching Does Not Waste Writers’ Time”
As writers, we probably won't feel guilty about watching primetime television shows if we've written eight straight hours and...
“TV Watching Does Not Waste Writers’ Time”
“2014 National Book Award & Man Booker Prize: American Writers?”
For the first time in the going on fifty year history of The Man Booker Prize, novels from writers who are not citizens of The United...
“2014 National Book Award & Man Booker Prize: American Writers?”
“Flash Fiction and the Borg: In Praise of the Literary Still Moment”
For the past several years I have been teaching a flash fiction course to my college creative writing program’s advanced students....
“Flash Fiction and the Borg: In Praise of the Literary Still Moment”
“Dysfunctional Parents in Fiction: The Mothers and Fathers We Love to Hate”
Why are readers so fascinated by fiction's infamous dysfunctional parents? Mothers and fathers who disappoint, coerce, betray, abuse...
“Dysfunctional Parents in Fiction: The Mothers and Fathers We Love to Hate”