Posts Tagged ‘Dostoevsky’

  • All of my life I did not want it to be only words

    December 12th, 2017 | Writers | journalpulp | No Comments

    “All my life I did not want it to be only words. This is why I lived, because I kept not wanting it. And now, too, every day I want it not to be words.” – Dostoevsky, Demons Dostoevsky, who is in many ways my favorite writer of all-time, was very religious, and yet one […]

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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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  • Top Ten Best Novels You’ve Never Heard Of

    Top Ten Best Novels You’ve Never Heard Of

    March 4th, 2012 | Best Novels | journalpulp | 77 Comments

    Or perhaps you have. Yet the following list, laid out in no particular order (with the exception of Number 1), is relatively obscure: Nothing is as it seems under the sharp western sun. After recovering from an enigmatic and near-fatal illness, Gasteneau, a man with an iron will, glimpses something so extraordinary and so horrific […]

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  • The Goths and the Origins of Gothic Literature

    The Goths and the Origins of Gothic Literature

    October 31st, 2011 | Gothic Fiction | journalpulp | No Comments

    The Goths, as recounted by a Gothic historian named Jordanes (mid 6th Century AD), were a Teutonic-Germanic people whose original homeland was, according to this same Jordanes, in southern Sweden. At that time, this half-barbaric band was ruled by a king called Berig. It was King Berig who led his people south to the shores […]

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  • Characterization (Part 1)

    Characterization (Part 1)

    July 22nd, 2011 | Characterization, Literature, Storytelling | journalpulp | 1 Comment

    If plot is the skeleton — that vital framework upon which the rest of the body is built — then characters are the soul. Characters are the reason we ultimately love or hate a story. “I’m sick to death of the inarticulate hero,” said John Fowles. “To hell with the inarticulate.” Characterization is in essence […]

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