Tag Archives: For Whom the Bell Tolls

At Zero

“This is a process that we might call “getting to zero,” when an artist — or anyone, really — digs through all the sap that gets encrusted around a career or relationship and retouches the intrinsic impulse that got him … Continue reading

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Emotional Urgency

“What can a character come to know of himself and others, by working through a given situation? This is what fiction asks, with an emotional urgency driving it all the way; and can he know it in time? ….Any novel’s … Continue reading

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Character Studies

Just recently, a friend of mine was decribing her reaction to Freedom, the new Jonathan Franzen novel. While she thought the writing was impressive, she just didn’t find the characters likeable, so she felt disappointed and lukewarm about the book. … Continue reading

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