Pen is Mightier than The Sword

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Thank you. Back to writing.

And, yes I left off many great women novelists in that last post. Alas, I haven’t read nearly enough novels written by women. I’m starting to correct that with Donna Tartt. 

Joyce Carol Oates is a master of the short story.

I am sitting in my boxers writing, hoping the power doesn’t go out due to these Thor-like t-storms, simultaneously trying to calm my frightened dog, and pithily drinking an energy drink, thinking: Is Donna Tartt the greatest American novelist alive? 

That above question is perhaps  premature given that I’ve only read one of Michael Chabon’s novels, none of James Salter, only one of Tom Perotta’s, two of Franzen’s, 1 of Cormac McCarthy, 1 of Paul Auster, 1 of Don DeLilo. 

Now, that is embarrassing.

Big Words

Writing: inject college level vocabulary into your writing and check later to see which of those words means what you think they mean. 

Kidding. I do this very rarely. 

Though: I always wonder: there are many writing advice articles and books but I have never come across one in which the author discusses the concept of vocabulary (range, versatility, level of vocabulary, etc) Surely, that matters right?

vintageanchorbooks:

Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana on this day in 1891."Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love lyrics" from "Paris" (1928) by Cole Porter"Birds do it, bees do itEven educated fleas do itLet’s do it, let’s fall in loveIn Spain, the best upper sets do itLithuanians and Letts do itLet’s do it, let’s fall in loveThe Dutch in old Amsterdam do itNot to mention the FinsFolks in Siam do it - think of Siamese twinsSome Argentines, without means, do itPeople say in Boston even beans do itLet’s do it, let’s fall in loveRomantic sponges, they say, do itOysters down in oyster bay do itLet’s do it, let’s fall in loveCold Cape Cod clams, ‘gainst their wish, do itEven lazy jellyfish, do itLet’s do it, let’s fall in loveElectric eels I might add do itThough it shocks em I knowWhy ask if shad do it - Waiter bring me"shad roe"In shallow shoals English soles do itGoldfish in the privacy of bowls do itLet’s do it, let’s fall in love.”

vintageanchorbooks:

Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana on this day in 1891.

"Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love lyrics" from "Paris" (1928) by Cole Porter

"Birds do it, bees do it
Even educated fleas do it
Let’s do it, let’s fall in love

In Spain, the best upper sets do it

Lithuanians and Letts do it
Let’s do it, let’s fall in love

The Dutch in old Amsterdam do it
Not to mention the Fins
Folks in Siam do it - think of Siamese twins

Some Argentines, without means, do it
People say in Boston even beans do it
Let’s do it, let’s fall in love

Romantic sponges, they say, do it
Oysters down in oyster bay do it
Let’s do it, let’s fall in love

Cold Cape Cod clams, ‘gainst their wish, do it
Even lazy jellyfish, do it
Let’s do it, let’s fall in love

Electric eels I might add do it
Though it shocks em I know
Why ask if shad do it - Waiter bring me
"shad roe"

In shallow shoals English soles do it
Goldfish in the privacy of bowls do it
Let’s do it, let’s fall in love.”

Writing is difficult. Sometimes, it feels like….see I told you, it’s fucking difficult.