Category: Fiction & Culture

“The Near Death of Literature”

When I was in tenth grade I had American literature for sixth period and it just about killed me. Whoever decided on what students to put...

“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...

“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...

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...

“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 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...

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...

“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,...

“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....

“The Digital Narrative”

Narrative nonfiction is tricky, full of emotional nuance and blatant subjectivity. Also, thanks to technology, we all write it all the...

“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...

“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...

“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...

“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 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...

“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...

“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...

“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....

“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...