Posts Tagged ‘Vladimir Nabokov’

  • Is Shakespeare All That?

    Is Shakespeare All That?

    April 23rd, 2017 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    On this day (April 23, 1564) was born the greatest poet the world has ever known. The following is a repost from an excellent question I once received: Dear Ray Harvey: Is Shakespeare all that? — Slo Readuh Dear Slo Readuh: No, he’s not all that. He’s all that and more. It’s impossible to overstate […]

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  • Beware the Ides of March

    March 15th, 2017 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | No Comments

    Ceasar: The ides of March are come. Soothsayer: Ay, Caesar, but not gone. — Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 1. The word ides is derived from the ancient Roman calendar and comes from the Latin idus, which, as Oxford explains it, means “a day falling roughly in the middle of each month (the 15th day […]

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  • Can You Solve This Impenetrable Riddle?

    February 3rd, 2016 | Riddles | journalpulp | 7 Comments

    The unravelling of a riddle is the purest and most basic act of the human mind. Can you solve Dog’s impenetrable riddle? I am one you eat yet I contain no meat and am not sweet … Watch the video below to hear the rest. Like and Subscribe: The College of Subversive Knowledge

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  • Literary Pulp

    February 13th, 2015 | Writers | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    Truman Streckfus Persons was Truman Capote’s real name. The title Finnegans Wake contains no apostrophe in the word Finnegans. Thus Finnegans is a plural and Wake is a verb. Issac Newtons’s father was illiterate. Walt Whitman’s mother was illiterate. Roald Dahl was an anti-semite. Djuna Barnes had no formal education at all. Edmund Wilson once […]

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  • Ayn Rand On Literature And Popular Fiction

    Ayn Rand On Literature And Popular Fiction

    July 11th, 2013 | philosophy of art | journalpulp | 1 Comment

    Just recently, I came across the following Q & A, which, whether you agree with it or not — and her name, I know, is either toxic or life-affirming (I’m not an objectivist, for the record, but I liked The Fountainhead) — you will almost certainly find as provocative and thought-provoking as I did. It’s […]

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  • Part 3 — Creating A Captivating Title — How Any Good Writer Of Fiction Or Non-Fiction Can Make Good Money Writing Books

    Part 3 — Creating A Captivating Title — How Any Good Writer Of Fiction Or Non-Fiction Can Make Good Money Writing Books

    December 20th, 2012 | Book-selling | journalpulp | 8 Comments

    Readers did not realize that two types of titles existed. One type was the title found by the dumb author or the clever publisher after the book had been written. THAT was simply a label stuck on and tapped with the side of the fist. Most of our worst bestsellers had that kind of title. […]

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  • The Individualistic, The Eccentric, The Cool, The Anachronistic

    September 30th, 2012 | Writers | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Jean Jacques Rousseau, who categorically believed in the existence of vampires. Persistent legend that the young Leonardo De Vinci was so strong he could — and frequently did — straighten horseshoes with his bare hands. Charles Dickens, a hyper-manic walker who sometimes went twenty-five miles at a headlong pace. A walk? What on earth for? […]

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  • Writing Advice From Margaret Atwood and Vladimir Nabokov

    Writing Advice From Margaret Atwood and Vladimir Nabokov

    June 27th, 2012 | Writing | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Margaret Atwood: Hold the reader’s attention. (This is likely to work better if you can hold your own.) But you don’t know who the reader is, so it’s like shooting fish with a slingshot in the dark. What ¬≠fascinates A will bore the pants off B. Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get […]

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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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