Posts Tagged ‘Blood Meridian’

  • The Most Fundamental Thing in Any Work of Art

    September 23rd, 2014 | Subject Matter | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    “There is no work of art without a subject,” said Ortega — and with him here I do not demur. Subject-matter isn’t the only component of art — nor is it the most complicated — but it is the most fundamental. It is the component toward which all others are geared. This is true in […]

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  • Popular Fiction Versus Literary

    Popular Fiction Versus Literary

    August 7th, 2013 | Popular fiction versus literary fiction | journalpulp | 7 Comments

    The difference between popular fiction and literary fiction is subtle but unmistakable. The criteria is graded — think of it as a spectrum — so that a book or movie can have elements of both literary fiction and also elements of genre fiction at the same time. But there is undoubtedly a distinction. It is […]

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  • In the Beginning of Your Story

    In the Beginning of Your Story

    February 7th, 2013 | Beginnings | journalpulp | No Comments

    Establish your setting early on. Give The When, The Where, The Weather — the overall tone — as John Steinbeck does so well in the beautiful opening of Of Mice and Men: A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green. The water […]

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  • Subject-Matter

    Subject-Matter

    February 28th, 2012 | Subject Matter | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    “There is no work of art without a subject,” said Ortega — and with him here I do not demur. Subject-matter isn’t the only component of art — nor is it the most complicated — but it is the most fundamental. It is the component toward which all others are geared. Subject is what the […]

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  • Top Thirteen Best First Sentences In Literature

    Top Thirteen Best First Sentences In Literature

    January 18th, 2012 | Beginnings | journalpulp | 11 Comments

    Here Are My Top Thirteen Best First Sentences in Literature:     13. It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not. (Paul Auster, City of Glass) 12. A few miles south of Soledad, […]

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  • Interview With Slagheap

    Interview With Slagheap

    October 6th, 2011 | More and More unto the Perfect Day | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    The following questions were submitted to me some time ago by Mr. Maxwell Hoaglund, of Slagheap magazine. I publish it here with Mr. Hoaglund’s full knowledge and permission. Q: If your finger isn’t typing, where is it? Ray Harvey: It’s on the pulse of the people. Q: Are you really a bartender? Ray Harvey: Yes. […]

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  • How To Begin Your Story

    How To Begin Your Story

    August 17th, 2011 | Beginnings, Characterization, Plot | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Establish your setting early on. Give us The When, The Where, The Weather — the overall tone. Is your story happy, soft, somber? John Steinbeck does this so well in the beautiful opening of Of Mice and Men: A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and […]

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