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by One of the Mad Ones
August 13th, 2010, 10:15 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: REALITY HUNGER
Replies: 3
Views: 690

REALITY HUNGER

Has anyone else read this, or started to? I just picked it up and breezed through the first 60 pages, and I think it's fantastic. Just curious what others' thoughts are about it. (I'll have to finish reading it asap, but I don't mind if you address later parts of the book.)
by One of the Mad Ones
August 13th, 2010, 10:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41261

Re: Share your opening sentence!

I actually really liked 'bruise like, not because it alluded to color, but because it made me feel like the days were horrible. Bad things were happening with the dam and the birds, and every day seemed like a punch in the gut. That's what I got out of it. :) CV Thanks, Charlee. My intention was ev...
by One of the Mad Ones
August 13th, 2010, 4:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41261

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Camden wrote:Perhaps bruise-colored?
Perhaps, yes. I love it when fixing something is that easy.
by One of the Mad Ones
August 13th, 2010, 3:57 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41261

Re: Share your opening sentence!

"The winter before I turned ten, when the days were short and bruise-like and the city was constantly tearing down the beaver dam behind our trailer park, I saw dead birds everywhere, lying in shadows and at the edges of woods." I'm liking this one. I'm giving it a 9.5. I like the rhythm, the voice...
by One of the Mad Ones
August 13th, 2010, 1:58 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Better Book Titles -- Great for a Friday Laugh
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Re: Better Book Titles -- Great for a Friday Laugh

Ha! A Quaint Mid-Afternoon Panic Attack for Mrs. Dalloway! That is freaking hilarious.
by One of the Mad Ones
August 13th, 2010, 1:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41261

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Technically, my first sentence is this: "This is a scene from a movie, the opening one." But the first page is sort of a meta-narrative thing. The first sentence of the actual narrative is this: "The winter before I turned ten, when the days were short and bruise-like and the city was constantly tea...
by One of the Mad Ones
August 12th, 2010, 6:08 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: J.D. Salinger
Replies: 7
Views: 1336

Re: J.D. Salinger

FYI, this week's Newsweek has a glimpse at a new documentary and an 800-page biography called THE PRIVATE WAR OF J.D. SALINGER that Shane Salerno (director of SHAFT) is apparently working on. David Shields (REALITY HUNGER) is co-writing the biography as well. Sounds interesting...
by One of the Mad Ones
August 12th, 2010, 3:11 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: J.D. Salinger
Replies: 7
Views: 1336

Re: J.D. Salinger

Well, if you take Catcher for example, Salinger authentically captured that transition between childhood and adulthood without providing an easy answer by the end about how to best cope with it. It's unsettling, but that's what's true about it. That's one reason it continues to be an important book.
by One of the Mad Ones
August 12th, 2010, 3:05 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Dead And Alive: Who Are Your Favorite Writers?
Replies: 22
Views: 3368

Re: Dead And Alive: Who Are Your Favorite Writers?

This question is impossible. It hurts my head to think about it. But I'll try. My favorite dead author is Sylvia Plath because I've read nearly everything, including the unabridged journals, but the one who made the most profound impact is Nabokov. My favorite living author is probably Carole Maso, ...
by One of the Mad Ones
August 12th, 2010, 1:43 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Author: Don DeLillo
Replies: 1
Views: 545

Re: Author: Don DeLillo

Mao II is one of my favorite books.
by One of the Mad Ones
August 12th, 2010, 1:37 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 143304

Re: What are you reading now?

I'm halfway through LET THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ERASE YOUR NAME by Vendela Vida (because her new one is nowhere to be found and more expensive anyway). I have to say, I want to love this book because of all the blurbs and the fact that she's David Eggers' wife (but also not just because she's his wife) ...
by One of the Mad Ones
August 12th, 2010, 1:26 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Soundtracks
Replies: 15
Views: 2969

Re: Writing Soundtracks

I love this topic! My WIP playlist is really heavy on Jeff Buckley with some older Matt Nathanson, some Pete Yorn, a little Laura Stevenson, and snatches of Iron & Wine, Lykke Li, Something Corporate, and Jeff Bridges (from the Crazy Heart soundtrack). It ends fantastically with "You Can Call Me All...
by One of the Mad Ones
July 31st, 2010, 11:45 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Trend: the acknowledgments page
Replies: 33
Views: 9656

Re: Trend: the acknowledgments page

If you ever want a good laugh, peruse the Danielle Steele section and check out her author pics. My favorite is the one where she's dressed as an aviator.
by One of the Mad Ones
July 28th, 2010, 8:58 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How long did it take you to write your Manuscript?
Replies: 19
Views: 2980

Re: How long did it take you to write your Manuscript?

I've been working on my first novel for a little over a year with interruptions - taught 6 college comp classes one semester, got married, moved out of state, started my first year in my MFA, hated large portions of my first year in my MFA, etc.. I wrote every day, but I kept only what worked the be...
by One of the Mad Ones
July 28th, 2010, 5:07 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Trend: the acknowledgments page
Replies: 33
Views: 9656

Re: Trend: the acknowledgments page

Interesting. What's your take on author pictures?