Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Topic: Quotes from The Writer August 2008

10-Second Review: Magic Realism, Interviewing and Failure in Writing

On Magic Realism: For all of those who read Gabriel Garcia Marquez and wondered what the hell it was all about…: “A literary genre presenting a credible cosmos in which all sorts of bizarre stuff happens without being thought anymore unusual than the bizarre events on the nightly news.” Mort Castle. “Blend History and Imagination.” p. 39.

On interviewing: “Some of your best quotes…come after the interview is over. Everyone relaxes and sometimes sources say fascinating things.” B. Williams in a review of Freelancing for Newspapers: Writing for an Overlooked Market by SF Lick, p. 46.

On failure: “Be thick-skinned, be flexible, and throw away your first three novels. There’s no embarrassment in failure; that’s how we learn.” Archer Mayor. p. 58.

The purpose of this blog is to share interesting ideas I have found in recent American professional publications dealing with the teaching of English at all levels, elementary, secondary and college.

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