Over the years, I've developed a number of approaches to dealing with writer's block. It wouldn't be fair for me to keep them all to myself. Here is another one of my patented cures, chosen at random and illustrated without using Photoshop.
Cure for Writer's Block #57 (Illustrated)
1. Turn of the TV (see figure, right).
2. Get out of your comfortable chair.
3. Quit being such a moron.
4. Get back to work.
Are you writing again? If so, congratulations: your writer's block is cured!
The essential documentaries about David Lynch, [include] Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch (1997), David Lynch: Don’t Look at Me (1989), Lynch (2007), Mysteries of Love (2002), Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only: David Lynch (1990), David Lynch presents: Ruth, Roses and Revolver (BBC Arena 1987), Scene by Scene: David Lynch (BBC, 1999), and David Lynch Interview (The GUARDIAN Lectures 1985).
I know it's too early to be thinking about Christmas, but not if you're in the third grade. Below is my representation of Sam's conversation with me the other morning. With his permission, I've recast it as a monologue.
"Dreiser, a realist of course, had elements of genius. He was clumsy, cumbersome, and in some respects a poor thinker. But he was rich in a kind of feeling which has been ruled off the grounds by many contemporary writers—the kind of feeling that every human being intuitively recognizes as primary. Dreiser has more open access to primary feelings than any American writer of the twentieth century . . . He somehow conveys, without much refinement, depths of feeling that we usually associate with Balzac or Shakespeare."
In the same interview, Bellow ranks Fitzgerald above Hemingway: "I don't think of Hemingway as a great novelist. I like Fitzgerald's novels better, but I often feel about Fitzgerald that he couldn't distinguish between innocence and social climbing."
It may seem predictable that rappers would sooner or later capitalize on
our memoir-happy times—can’t knock the hustle now—but the amount of ink
being spilled suggests that more is at play.
In the rest of the review, Guida considers what this "more" might be. (Hint: rap can be like poetry. But then why no mention in Guida's review of Eminem, who can rhyme words with orange--something even Shakespeare couldn't do?)
Today we consider Orion Clemens, who clerked in St. Louis during the mid-1800s for lawyer Edward Bates. Following his stint as Bates' clerk, Orion didn't quite make it as a lawyer, then watched as Bates hit it big following Abraham Lincoln's election to the presidency.
"[T]he line between self-published and conventionally published literature will disappear as more and more mainstream fiction is published as e-book or print-on-demand," says Rick Archbold in his essay, "All Is Not Vanity: The rise of literary self-publishing," in the Literary Review of Canada.
Over the years, I've developed a number of approaches to dealing with writer's block. It wouldn't be fair for me to keep them all to myself. Here is just one of my patented cures, chosen at random and illustrated by my team of in-house artists.
Cure for Writer’s Block #177 (Illustrated)
1. Drink a large glass of water while bending forward, so that you are essentially drinking upside-down (see Figure 1, left; note clown shoes, arguably too-small cranium).
2. Hold your breath for at least 90 seconds, making certain no air passes through your nose or your mouth (see Figure 2, right; note chilling expression of undeserved self-pity and despair).
3. Wait at least five minutes for your normal breathing pattern to return.
4. Quit feeling sorry for yourself and get your ass back to work.
Are you writing again? If so, congratulations: your writer's block is cured! (More tips coming soon . . . )