If this isn’t nice, what is?

I just opened Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and fell in love this dedication. DEDICATION For Alex Vonnegut, Special Agent, with love All persons, places, and events in this book are real. Certain speeches and thoughts are necessarily constructions by the author. No names have been changed to protect the innocent, since God[…]

Sentence-level switchbacks and conflict

Accomplished writers know that to write a great story, you need characters with internal conflicts that motivate them in a plot full of external conflicts. But something less often talked about is how to put conflict into language itself. Turning sentences or paragraphs on themselves with internal contradictions is what gives the writing life and[…]

Kurt Vonnegut taking care of the audience

I just had the best evening drinking wine and eating licorice while reading Cat’s Cradle.┬áKurt Vonnegut is damned fine company (I’m gonna refer to him in the present tense because being a great author makes you immortal). The way he takes care of his audience is what makes reading every sentence he writes such a[…]