Kress Talks Pynchon on Mark Seinfelt’s Word Patriots Program

Dave Kress, author of the novels Counting Zero, Martians, and Hush joined Mark Seinfelt last week to discuss the work of Thomas Pynchon on Mark's "Word Patriots" webcast. In addition to his works of fiction, Dave served as contributing editor for the edition of Harold Bloom’s Major Novelists Comprehensive Research and Study Guides devoted to…

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Craft Note: A Dictum for Sheer Fiction

One dictum I coined to keep my writing on track is this: Do things in prose the Hollywood machine cannot reproduce. For me, this means exploring characters, and even objects and other phenomena, from the inside out. It's writing that trades the forward momentum of plot for the deep dive into character or situation. It's…

Craft Note: Marcel Proust’s Asparagus

In Swann's Way, the opening work of Marcel Proust's opus In Search of Lost Time, you will find the following oft-remarked-upon passage [2003 Viking edition, translation by Lydia Davis]: I would stop by the table, where the kitchen maid had just shelled them, to see the peas lined up and tallied like green marbles in…

Craft Notes: Always with a Bit of Laughter

The following is excerpted from Manifesto: Maximalist Expressionism, or "Shut/-/Up(!) Fiction". Always With a Bit of Laughter If there’s one thing I’ve taken from works of the authors I admire it’s the role humor and high-spiritedness can play in making fiction come alive. It seems to me fiction should bring to bear the full spectrum…

Craft Notes: What’s Happening?

The following is excerpted from Manifesto: Maximalist Expressionism, or "Shut/-/Up(!) Fiction". As to what transpires in my novel Flicker in the Porthole Glass, I’ve been asked point blank: Does anything happen in this novel? My answer: The novel happens in this novel. In his book of essays, For a New Novel, Alain Robbe-Grillet sums up…