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  •  Just finished Stephen King's Joyland. And started, (8+ / 0-)

    finally, Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon. I am in the middle of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer and almost finished with It's Even Worse Than It Looks by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein.

    Oh, and I started the newest Joe Hill novel, NOS4A2.

    "How they did it" is way more interesting, and fun, than "who did it." Diana in NoVa answered the other question about the starving artist best. I imagine that writers must be at least dissatisfied with reality and so desire an escape into another universe that they are forced to create.

    •  Good point (5+ / 0-)
      I imagine that writers must be at least dissatisfied with reality and so desire an escape into another universe that they are forced to create.
      Tennessee seemed to be trying to understand himself and his family and to get it down on paper.

      I liked Cryptonomicon.

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      by cfk on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:06:05 PM PDT

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      •  Are there people who aren't dissatisfied with (4+ / 0-)
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        reality? Or am I just revealing myself as a writer? But couldn't you make the argument that (fiction) readers must be dissatisfied with reality, too? I think you might read or write not necessarily because you're dissatisfied with reality, but because writing or reading enriches your life in some way.

        •  Yes, I like this thought very much (1+ / 0-)
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          because writing or reading enriches your life in some way.
          Thank you!!

          Best wishes with your writing!!

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          by cfk on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 09:43:59 PM PDT

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        •  Fiction is Reality distilled: More meaningful, (3+ / 0-)
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          usually more ordered, more insightful - and you can choose which parts of reality you love (travel, romance, adventure, science, weirdness, laughter, etc.) and get concentrated doses of them.

          Like any mind-altering substance, it's okay as an icing, dangerous when you make it the whole cake of life. As a reader. As a writer, if you can make a living out of exciting escapes and colorful creation, you'd be a fool not to.

          "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

          by Brecht on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 09:50:03 PM PDT

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          •  What do you think about (3+ / 0-)
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            The Glass Menagerie?

            I am really curious.

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            by cfk on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 09:56:01 PM PDT

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            •  I really like the power, heart, bravery & wit of (2+ / 0-)
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              the Tennessee Williams I know, but I know far too little. I saw one scene from The Glass Menagerie, back in college, in my acting group.

              So really all I know are the movies of A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Night of the Iguana. Which are all 5-star movies. I really need to read more of him.

              "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

              by Brecht on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 10:19:32 PM PDT

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