Get rid of cliched placeholders for better, truer writing. Source: Literary Lexicon: What’s A Dying Metaphor? – Chris Cocca
Found years ago (not by me) in Google Books. It's also in The New Yorker online archives. Be sure to note the "suggestion for study" at the end.
I'm rereading Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises for the first time in many, many years. There are problems with it. The brief observation below about one of Bill Gorton's better lines is in no way meant to mitigate other issues with the text. "Ought not to daunt you. Never be daunted. Secret of my … Continue reading Bill Gorton on Being Daunted: A Twitter Bio for the Lost Generation
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I'm reading Lawrence, Hemingway and Anderson. Tonight, I will read a few chapters in the Sun Also Rises and perhaps a little more of St. Mawr. I'm also reading The Most Excellent Comedie and Tragical Romance of Two Gentlemen of Lebowski. You're going to want to check that out. Full disclosure: I get a small … Continue reading Tonight’s Reading Plan: Lawrence and Lebowski
A Winter Ascetic The house is cold at 60 and January lies. Outside everything's washed bold under bright sun and heavy light but the air's still cold like New Year's. The shadows are crisp, too, I can see without my glasses, but the lines of my hardwood floor run together at the door. I won't … Continue reading Story: A Winter Ascetic
This was originally published years ago at Six Sentences. I have slightly revised it since then, but I think the revision makes it more of story and less of a prose poem. The Insult There are no bakeries outside San Marco in 1968, no fish markets or butchers, only tobacco fields and salted meats between … Continue reading Story: The Insult