Posts Tagged ‘Anthony Burgess’

  • What Makes Certain Literature Timeless?

    What Makes Certain Literature Timeless?

    July 19th, 2012 | Art, Beauty | journalpulp | 10 Comments

    “To produce a mighty book you must choose a mighty theme.” Said Herman Melville. And it’s true — true of any and all art: mighty themes are one of the distinguishing characteristics of timeless art. What is theme? Theme is the meaning that the components of your story or artwork add up to. In literature, […]

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  • Lice In The Locks Of Literature (And Other Curious Quotations)

    Lice In The Locks Of Literature (And Other Curious Quotations)

    July 16th, 2011 | Literature, Quotes | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    The fact is, I did not eat every day during that period of my life. Said the surrealist Andre Breton, explaining the possible provenance of some of his strange and early literature. They rowed her in across the rolling foam — The cruel, crawling foam — to her grave beside the sea. Wrote the English […]

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  • Good Stories, Unoriginal Plots, Timeless Themes

    Good Stories, Unoriginal Plots, Timeless Themes

    July 14th, 2011 | Plot, Style, Theme | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    There are 32 ways to write a story, and I’ve used every one, but there’s only one plot: things are not what they seem. – Jim Thompson. Anthony Burgess was even more stringent: he put the number of possible plots at about five. So what distinguishes one plot from another? Or, to put that question […]

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