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Author’s Notes: Reading Backwards / And Go Like This

READING BACKWARDS “A foreword to the reader is an afterword to the author,” Anthony Burgess says in the foreword of his autobiography, Little Wilson and Big God. “The author knows what has been written, the reader has yet to find out. The author. . .sometimes stands at...

Tigers in Lavender

Some years ago I was watching the Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home, produced by Martin Scorsese. There was a scene of Dylan on stage in London 1n 1965, possibly 1966 (I haven’t re-watched the film), that had been shot from a balcony, using what...

On Allegory: For Mythcon

I have been thinking about allegory recently, in no particularly rigorous way. Allegory is what I’d have talked about at Mythcon, and though the venue here might be a bit inadequate I will make some remarks that I hope are suggestive, or at least...

Native Advantage Questions

What do you do best? Conceive and create fictions that are real -- emotionally engaging and thought-provoking – and that draw on elements of the unreal for their power. What makes you the best? I somehow from earliest childhood had a facility for language: a...

Some Uses Of Narratives

Whether the current controversy about the lack of black nominees for major awards among this year's Oscar nominations is a tempest in a neti pot — a one-time statistical oddity on the path of real progress — or a genuine outcropping of pervasive and unacknowledged...