An excellent review/takedown (reviewdown?) of James Wood’s How Fiction Works, a book that the instructors at the University of Arizona have, for lack of a better phrase, been shoving down our throats the past year or so. My feelings are that it’s a worthwhile book so long as you realize that its title is a
At Bad Eminence, a lengthy, well-written post on the somewhat contentious (but always respectful) argument between William Gass and John Gardner on the purpose of fiction. I am in Gass’ camp, myself, but it’s worthwhile to note that his fiction and his theories on same often contradict each other; just because Gass has doubts about
I hereby nominate this fine piece of work as the official Sonora Review theme music: What say you? –Jonathon Walter
Darwin’s Nightmare The Thin Blue Line –Jon W.
Elisa Gabbert is not happy with the work she’s been getting. Choice quote: “Poems are not supposed to be beautiful (though they can be). They’re supposed to be good.” –Jon W.