In the latest installment of my podcast, I interview Charles Holdefer, author of Back in the Game, The Contractor, Nice, and Apology for Big Rod. An American author, Charles lives in Belgium and teaches in France at the University of Poitiers. I caught up with him recently when he was invited to teach a week-long creative…Read more Trying to Make Sense of the World: An Interview with Charles Holdefer
A student of mine recently asked whether Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist (for lack of a better word) of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, has, within the context of the narrative (such as it is) really experienced a close encounter with aliens or simply lost his mind. The question is certainly valid. When I first read the…Read more Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?
Here's a short video I put together for my American Lit. II students.
Hmm... This is actually the last of the sketches I wrote for Madhouse, so calling this "A Week of Sketches" may have been a little bit generous on my part. Oh well... WHATEVER The setting: a stage. Major characters include a director, a writer named Barry, and an actor named Todd. Other actors mill about,…Read more A Week of Sketches: Whatever
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If handled correctly, a lapse in judgment can lend depth to a character.
One thing that the writer of fiction needs to be able to do on occasion is move forward through time in a fairly quick manner.