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What Can We Steal From James L. Dickey’s “Falling”?
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What Can We Steal From James L. Dickey’s “Falling”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Falling,” poem Author: James L. Dickey Where the Work Can Be Found: “Falling” has been anthologized about ten trillion times.  You can also find the poem on the Poetry Foundation web site. Bonuses: Here is Mr. Dickey’s New York Times obituary.  Here is an interview Mr. Dickey gave to The … Continue reading »

Hey, Why’d You Do That, Ravi Mangla?
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Hey, Why’d You Do That, Ravi Mangla?

Writers are asked many general questions about their craft. …”What is your overarching philosophy regarding the inherent power of fiction?”…”What IS–character–to you?”…”What is the position of place in your work?”… These are great and important questions, but I’m really curious about the little things.  In the “Hey, Why’d You Do That” series, I ask accomplished … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Laura Kasischke’s “Perspective”?
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What Can We Steal From Laura Kasischke’s “Perspective”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Perspective,” poem Author:  Laura Kasischke Date of Work: 2012 Where the Work Can Be Found: The poem debuted in Volume 32, Number 4 of New England Review.  Denise Duhamel and David Lehman subsequently selected “Perspective” for The Best American Poetry 2013 and you can find the poem in that anthology. Bonuses:  This … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Amy Lemmon’s “I take your T-shirt to bed again…”?
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What Can We Steal From Amy Lemmon’s “I take your T-shirt to bed again…”?

Title of Work and its Form: “I take your T-shirt to bed again…,” poem Author:  Amy Lemmon (on Twitter @aSaintNobody) Date of Work: 2013 Where the Work Can Be Found: The poem debuted in Vitrine: a printed museum and was subsequently chosen for The Best American Poetry 2013 by the great Denise Duhamel and David Lehman.  You … Continue reading »

GWS Click Bait Controversy: Is the Internet Killing the Traditional Short Story?
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GWS Click Bait Controversy: Is the Internet Killing the Traditional Short Story?

Can we be honest?  Most writers like attention and enjoy being part of a dedicated literary community.  I am certainly one of these writers.  The GWS Click Bait Controversy is designed to bring attention to an important issue that impacts us all.  (And to GWS.)  The provocative title is designed to make you click.  (I … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From David Leavitt’s “The Scruff of the Neck”?
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What Can We Steal From David Leavitt’s “The Scruff of the Neck”?

Title of Work and its Form: “The Scruff of the Neck,” short story Author:  David Leavitt Date of Work: 2001 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story originally appeared in 2001’s Volume 86 of The Southwest Review, one of those all-time-great journals that will never take any of my work.  (I’ve come to grips with that.)  If you have … Continue reading »

GWS Twisdom: Joyce Carol Oates, the Sopranos Ending and Authorial Intent
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GWS Twisdom: Joyce Carol Oates, the Sopranos Ending and Authorial Intent

Friends, David Chase’s HBO program The Sopranos is widely hailed as one of the shows that ushered in the latest “golden age” of television.  James Gandolfini portrayed Tony Soprano, a New Jersey man who spent his time caring for his family and his waste management business.  Oh yeah…he was also a big-time player in the … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From Tobias Wolff’s “Bible”?
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What Can We Steal From Tobias Wolff’s “Bible”?

Title of Work and its Form: “Bible,” short story Author: Tobias Wolff Date of Work: 2007 Where the Work Can Be Found: The story originally appeared in The Atlantic‘s 2007 fiction issue.  As of this writing, you can find “Bible” on the magazine’s web site.  (Feel free to say thank you to those fine folks!)  The piece was … Continue reading »

What Can We Steal From David James Keaton’s Fish Bites Cop! Stories to Bash Authorities?
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What Can We Steal From David James Keaton’s Fish Bites Cop! Stories to Bash Authorities?

Title of Work and its Form: Fish Bites Cop! Stories to Bash Authorities, short story collection Author: David James Keaton (on Twitter @spiderfrogged) Date of Work: 2013 Where the Work Can Be Found: I was amused by the playful manner in which Mr. Keaton tells his fans how they can get the book, so I share … Continue reading »

Hey, Why’d You Do That, David James Keaton?
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Hey, Why’d You Do That, David James Keaton?

Writers are asked many general questions about their craft. …”What is your overarching philosophy regarding the inherent power of fiction?”…”What IS–character–to you?”…”What is the position of place in your work?”… These are great and important questions, but I’m really curious about the little things.  In the “Hey, Why’d You Do That” series, I ask accomplished … Continue reading »