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What plagiarism looks like

Who remembers the rune craze during the 1980s? Maybe JRR Tolkien’s epic fantasy novels, The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954), deserve some blame, or maybe it was just part of a boom in oracular kits, a … Continue reading

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Writing from the margins

In his primer Astrologik (Vertical Pool, 1999), underground filmmaker and overall maverick Antero Alli argues against legitimising astrology. But not for the reasons you might expect. Astrology happens to be his profession. So it’s his peers who want to look … Continue reading

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The Reader is Dead, Long Live the eReader!

It’s unlikely that ereaders will supersede books completely, at least not anytime soon. CDs and their decontextualised successors, digital downloads, haven’t killed the market for vinyl (they’ve just eclipsed it). Still, as ebook sales soar and print book sales fall, … Continue reading

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Coincidence vs. Synchronicity – in life & in fiction

What happens when we don’t have a word for a phenomenon (whether because the word’s fallen into disuse or doesn’t yet exist)? The phenomenon is still communicable (if it weren’t, unnamed diseases couldn’t make us sick), but the more words … Continue reading

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Process vs. Content, Part 2 – the iffy art of chart comparison

An author whose launch I attended some time back urged me to keep in touch so warmly that, after reading her book, I called what seems to have been her bluff (because, hey, you don’t have to be dazzled by … Continue reading

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Process vs. Content, Part 1 – the writing life, such as it is, from outside of nature & inside of technology

When it’s opposed to Product, the principle of Process, in life if not in business, assumes the moral high ground – the reverse of the boring, expedient, suspect or criminal ‘means to an end’ so typical of, say, mining methods … Continue reading

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Dangerous Writing: Tom Spanbauer’s The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon

Chuck Palahniuk, maverick author of the cult novel Fight Club (1996), developed his minimalist style in a Portland fiction-writing workshop during the early ’90s. That Palahniuk’s novels get more press for their pop-pulp shock value than for their philosophy has … Continue reading

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