October 2, 2015
“Stormy Weather” — Etta James
“A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” — Bob Dylan
“Let It Rain” — Eric Clapton
“I Love A Rainy Night” — Eddie Rabbit
“Let’s Spend the Day In Bed” — Over the Rhine
“Mandolin Rain” — Bruce Hornsby & the Range
“Rain King” — Counting Crows
“Rain” — The Cult
“Every Breaking Wave” — U2
“The Sky Is Broken” — Moby
“Purify” — Balligomingo
“Touch of Grey” — Grateful Dead
“The Rain Song” — Led Zeppelin
“The Ocean” — Led Zeppelin
“The Tide Will Rise” — Bruce Hornsby
“Who’ll Stop the Rain” — Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Running Down A Dream” — Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
“Keep the Car Running” — Arcade Fire
“The Well and the Lighthouse” — Arcade Fire
“Hurricane” — King’s X
“Knife-Grey Sea” — Pilot Speed
“Fields of Gray” — Bruce Hornsby
“When the Levee Breaks” — Led Zeppelin
“Underwater” — Vertical Horizon
“No Rain” — Blind Melon
Updated with two suggestions from friend and aunt, 9:06 p.m.
October 1, 2015
September 23, 2015
“In the Jewish wisdom tradition a parable (mashal) could be a dark and ambiguous saying like a riddle, but the dominant use of parables among contemporary Jewish teachers was as a means of clarifying scriptural difficulties. As an analogy in narrative form, it could lead someone from an understanding of the familiar to an understanding of the strange.” — Luke Timothy Johnson, in The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation (boldface added)
September 21, 2015
September 19, 2015
Words lie in our way! – Wherever primitive mankind setup a word, they believed they had made a discovery. How different the truth is! – they had touched on a problem, and by supposing they had solved it they had created a hindrance to its solution. – Now with every piece of knowledge one has to stumble over dead, petrified words, and one will sooner break a leg than a word.1
- Friedrich Nietzsche. Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy) (p. 32). Kindle Edition.
September 10, 2015
Creative nonfiction as a philosophy of life?
Appropriate a “worldview” to have an impostor’s point of view.
Or, develop a point of view that allows for the broadest range of possibilities.
I think I’m onto something with the second option.
Creative Nonfiction and Inconclusiveness
In MFA programs, some writers of creative nonfiction attempt to tell personal stories about traumas and crises.
Even the best memoirs can fail to answer fundamental questions about those personal stories.
But I wholeheartedly support those attempts.
“We read to know we’re not alone,” said playwright William Nicholson (who placed those words in C.S. Lewis’s mouth in Shadowlands, a fictitious account of the Narnia creator’s life).
Someone out there needs to hear he or she is not the only one who has been through a particular situation, or even just a particular feeling.
Written works, if not abandoned, have conclusions — but creative nonfiction is not always conclusive. That might seem…
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August 25, 2015
Autumn 2015 contributor Tara L. Masih is series editor for The Best Small Fictions 2015. Here’s a review from the Evilcyclist’s blog.
The Best Small Fictions 2015 is a collection of very short fiction originally published by a variety of publications. I was asked if I would review this book by the series editor Tara L. Masih several weeks ago. I accepted because I like it when I am asked to review something that isn’t a vampire apocalypse romance novel. I was not entirely sure what small fiction was about but was told there was prose poetry included. That was good enough for me.
I will say I was very surprised with this collection. I usually do not care for short stories because I feel dropped into the middle of a story and pulled out before it’s over or before I completely understand what is going on. Small fiction, however, is the matchbox of fiction; no story is more than a few short pages. There is also the feeling of completeness in…
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