On Writing: What We Talk About When We Talk About Genre

In grad school for English literature (the first time around), I had a professor who had written an entire book on genre. Not "genre" as we typically think of it -- that silly label for writing that isn't characterized as high-art "literature" (like science-fiction...

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Poem: Don’t Go Into the Library

by Alberto Ríos The library is dangerous— Don’t go in. If you do You know what will happen. It’s like a pet store or a bakery— Every single time you’ll come out of there Holding something in your arms. Those novels with their big eyes. And those no-nonsense, all...

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Bookstores: Eagle Harbor Book Company

Read my books at Eagle Harbor I have a confession to make. Years ago, when I lived in Seattle, I'd take dates on the ferry out to Bainbridge Island, where there's a lovely little walking district with shops and bars and an absolutely fantastic little bookstore called...

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Poem: The Continuous Life, Mark Strand

(posted on Mark Strand's birthday - April 11, 1934) What of the neighborhood homes awash In a silver light, of children hunched in the bushes, Watching the grown-ups for signs of surrender, Signs that the irregular pleasures of moving From day to day, of being adrift...

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Left Hand of Darkness: A Room

One of the books that rocked my world as a young adult was Ursula K. Le Guin's Left Hand of Darkness. The reason this book struck me with such force in young adulthood is that it emphasized different aspects of the typical science-fiction journey. I read many books...

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