“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)


“Academic writing still usually gets taught in the first semester or two of undergraduate study. But the ability to write clearly about complex texts and ideas seems to me less a prerequisite for a liberal education than one of its distinctive achievements.” — Joseph Harris, in the preface to the 2012 edition of A Teaching Subject 

On meeting Caitlin Horrocks

October 27, 2011

This afternoon I briefly talked with Caitlin Horrocks after her reading at Coastal Carolina University.

Horrocks read “At The Zoo,” an incredible, multiple point-of-view short story from her collection This is Not Your City. I wonder if “At The Zoo” — with its fully rendered characters, humor, and heartbreak — is representative of the rest of the collection.

I’ll find out soon enough: I bought a copy of This Is Not Your City for her to sign, and I asked her about her favorite books on the craft of writing.

She said she doesn’t read as many books on craft as other writers, but she mentioned two favorites: Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern (a great book I already have!) and Ron Carlson Writes A Story by (guess) Ron Carlson.

Horrocks was a generous and friendly person. I’m glad I got to meet her, and I wish her big successes.

You can buy these three books from Amazon right here.

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