Monthly Archives: December 2012

¡EL ATAQUE DE LOS ESTEREOTIPOS ESPAÑOLAS! (THE ATTACK OF THE SPANISH STEREOTYPES!)

Excerpt from Divine Play, pp. 419-424  Stumbling across the tufted stony soil, shunting escarpments, Vic tracked the sphere to a clearing outside a cave, where it rested on reddish purple stone. The clearing was circumscribed by a meter-high wall of … Continue reading

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The Perils of Saving a Snorker (Baby)

From Divine Play, pp. 386-389 Then she saw the baby. Several meters away, a tiny writhing thing, a little yudu (child) with dark curly hair and tawny skin, shirtless beneath the transparent cowl. “How can they do this?” A feverishly … Continue reading

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SELL THE BOOK—PRONTO!

Some guaranteed topics and stratagems that yield best sellers:  Write A Roman À Clef.  The prerequisite for writing this kind of novel is that you have to be famous or hang around with famous people.  And I mean hang out … Continue reading

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RUNNING THE BLADE

From Divine Play, pp. 523-530  They toted her vertically into a ballroom, toward an elongated, red-carpeted pit encompassed by tiered benches. Within the pit, there was a maze of very flimsy, parallel, gray walls. When they brought her to the … Continue reading

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TIME TO CUT OUTWORN CINEMATIC TRICKS

Here are a few cinematic subjects and contrivances that we might consider obliterating: Car Chases:    Of course, we see cars and trucks racing and dodging and exploding every day on the street, especially in rush hour traffic.  We especially love … Continue reading

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HOMAGE TO BOSNIA

From Divine Play, pp. 245-249  Šalica, his mother, was slight and somber, dressed in a cotton layering of underdress, plum-purple dress, vest, and apron. Her long black hair was tucked beneath a yellow shawl. How long had it been? Over … Continue reading

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I Think, Therefore Whatever

Utrecht, 1637.  In an upper room of his domicile, Rene Descartes, chair in Philosophy at the University of Utrecht and founder of Cartesian physics, bearded and bewigged, and dressed in characteristic cravat, vest and cape, is seated at a table, … Continue reading

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