Category Archives: Creative nonfiction

Four kinds of research

Back again. I’m teaching a course on Digital Writing this semester and have asked the students in it to set up and keep their own idea-centered blogs. They are required to make at least one 400-word post each week, in … Continue reading

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Listening for differences

I once complained to a guitarist friend that many of the old-time bluegrass songs his band plays sound alike to me. He put me in my place by replying, “That’s because you don’t know the music well enough to hear … Continue reading

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Unjournaling

This is a book of 200 writing exercises that the authors say are for both kids and adults—but its slightly goofy look and tone seems to aim more at kids. Nonetheless I was drawn by its title:  Unjournaling: Daily writing … Continue reading

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Remix

Just quickly read David Shield’s Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. Quickly—because the book strikes me as an over-long and tedious elaboration of Jonthan Lethem’s brilliant essay on “The Ecstasy of Influence.” Shields uses the same method as Lethem: Most of his … Continue reading

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