3-Minute Book Review: Katharine Coldiron on Stacy Austin Egan

December 18, 2018

Three Minute Book Review: Katharine Coldiron on Stacy Austin Egan’s You Could Stop It Here (PANK Books, 2018) -   1) What book is this book’s nemesis? House of Leaves. This book privileges simple storytelling and immature voices. Not in a bad way: these stories showcase voices cusping maturity, tiptoeing up to it, attracted to it like moths to a weak bulb. And the writing is so plain and pure that it ...

Some Attempts at (Re)Definition: Story Arc

December 05, 2018

I have been thinking for a while about how our attempts to define craft terms influence our students’ (and our own) aesthetics, and I have wanted to try other definitions. The first post is here. – Character arc: how a character changes or fails to change Story arc: how the world in which the character lives is changed or fails to be changed I was taught character arc as how a character changes or fails ...

Some Attempts at (Re)Definition: Conflict

December 03, 2018

I have been thinking for a while about how our attempts to define craft terms influence our students’ (and our own) aesthetics, and I have wanted to try other definitions. The first post is here. - Conflict: what gives or takes away the illusion of free will How I Was Taught It I was taught that conflict is what stands in the way of desire. Man vs. Man, Man vs. World, Man vs. Self. The other component of ...

3-Minute Book Review: Lauren Moseley on Emily Jungmin Yoon

November 30, 2018

Three-Minute Book Review: Lauren Moseley on Emily Jungmin Yoon's Ordinary Misfortunes (Tupelo Press, 2017) - 1) If you planted this book in the ground, what would grow? A pear tree, a train, a monument to the wianbu—Korean women and girls who were kept and repeatedly raped by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Most of the poems in this powerful chapbook refer to these “comfort women.” As the author notes ...