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  • Weird News Wednesday: Fact is stranger than fiction

    This is weird stuff. We couldn't make it up if we tried. You've been warned. In Chinese legend, tea leaves picked by fairies using not their hands but just their mouths yielded brewed tea that would bring prosperity and cure diseases, and now the historic, picturesque Jiuhua Mountain Tea Plantation...
    Posted to Weblog by bulldog on 06-15-2011
  • Pulitzer Prize Reading Project

    Recently my mom mentioned that she's challenging herself to read every book that's ever won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The idea didn't initially inspire me to try the same, but it did pique my curiosity enough that I looked up the list of winners. But as I went through the list I realized...
    Posted to Weblog by Romo on 05-27-2008
  • You could read The Brothers Karamazov, but this is shorter

    Today when I went to buy clay for pottery class, I stopped in at the used bookstore by the ceramics studio where I buy my clay. I was talking with the shop girl about Russian novels and mentioned that Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky are my all-time favorite translators, and she told me about hearing...
    Posted to Weblog by Romo on 02-26-2008
  • Kurt Vonnegut on Writing Fiction

    I don't really like Kurt Vonnegut that much (a topic about which I can speak at length, but not right now, because I am at work and have limited time). Nonetheless, I think he has some good tips for writing fiction. Read on. Eight rules for writing fiction: 1. Use the time of a total stranger in...
    Posted to Weblog by Romo on 01-30-2008

    The radio program Fresh Air (hosted by Terry Gross of WHYY and aired on National Public Radio stations) featured a great interview with Blade Runner director Ridley Scott last month (Dec. 2007). You can search the programs archives at to hear...
    Posted to Forum by Romo on 01-15-2008

    By CHARLES McGRATH ALL his life the science fiction writer Philip K. *** yearned for what he called the mainstream. He wanted to be a serious literary writer, not a sci-fi hack whose audience consisted, he once said, of “trolls and wackos.” But Mr. ***, who popped as many as 1,000 amphetamine pills a...
    Posted to Forum by paulcarson on 10-07-2007
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