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Stumbling over Chekhov’s gun

1 Aug

Alright guys, put on your thick rimmed glasses and grab your double espresso cappuccinos. We’re doing literary analysis today.

In between watching my kid cousin and sobbing uncontrollably over my website not working, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. My life has been the opening scene of Beauty and the Beast for three months.

And then I came across a gem of a novel that reminded me why I wanted to be a writer in the first place.

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Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?

12 Mar

Book snobs will be the first to tell you that quality novels are those filled with interesting people who discuss interesting topics and interesting people, over their interesting cups of tea while the sun shines interestingly on their interesting little town. Plot-driven novels are low brow, cheap, fed to the squealing masses who couldn’t tell the difference between Tolstoy and Dickens if they were slapped by the Greats themselves. There’s always a big debate between plot and character in the writing world. Which makes for a better experience? Which makes for a more solid, timeless story?

Disclaimer: I will be stepping on some toes in terms of literature. Probably. Maybe.

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Hamburgers with Vanchka

16 Feb

Or: Sarah and John have too much fun talking and eventually get around to discussing what it means to be a “good ole boy” in Post- Soviet Russia for about ten minutes

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