Analysing the complex metaphors of Anne Carson’s “The Beauty of the Husband”.
On metaphors as dramatisation of viewpoint, and on the density of ideas and lyrical descriptions in Martín Adán’s “Cardboard House”.
Penning the poetic finale of a Great American Novel or dramatising a metaphor into a full-blown allegorical play isn’t teachable by example. Exploiting an extended metaphor is.
Template extracted from a quote of Martín Adán’s found in “Cardboard House”.
Where the metaphorical seas lap the literal sands of language, idioms are born. Some of them are then picked up, like pebbles, to be tossed around, transmitting meaning and merriment. Some get dropped, others get so smoothed out by time, tongues, and tortuous trajectories, that they’re labeled clichés. Does that mean that a cliché is … Continue reading “More Mileage for Your Metaphorical Money”
On Raymond Chandler’s “Dead men are heavier than broken hearts”, and why it works.
Have you always wanted to read Ovid’s Metamorphoses, but never found a way to get started? Here’s how.
Discussing what makes William Gibson’s opening line of “Neuromancer” a great quote.
Etymology of the word soul, quote from C. G. Jung’s “Modern Man in Search of a Soul”.
On metaphor as a measure of magic: how the ordinary text becomes extraordinary. Quote from Roland Barthes’s “The Pleasure of the the Text”.
On Joe Orton’s collected works, and a selection of quotes from his “Loot”.
On Roland Barthes’s tmesis, and on density, depth, and the reading speed of a text.
On Roland Barthes’s analogy between reading and striptease in “The Pleasure of the Text”
On the rhetorical figure asyndeton, and how Roland Barthes uses the word metaphorically in “The Pleasure of the Text”.
On the two reading speeds that Roland Barthes describes in “The Pleasure of the Text”.
On Louis Levy’s “Kzradock”.
Hannah Arendt on Kafka’s aphorism in “He”.
Anne Carson on Kafka’s short story “The Top” (taken from the preface of her book “Eros the Bittersweet”).
On coherent, meaningful combinations of traits that make up entirely original creatures. Example: Franz Kafka’s Odradek from “The Cares of a Family Man”.
On hybrid creatures, and in particular on Franz Kafka’s half-kitten, half-lamb in “Crossbreed”.
On shape-shifting creatures, and in particular on Franz Kafka’s Rotpeter in “Report to an Academy”.
Exploration of invisibility in daily life through four stories of Franz Kafka: “The Bucket Rider”, “Investigations of a Dog”, “Rejection”, and “The Bridge”.
On Franz Kafka’s “Hunger Artist” and the performance art of fasting.
On the creeping terror of the slow reveal in Kafka’s short story “In the Pental Colony”.
On Gabrielle Wittkop’s “Necrophiliac” and the questions in raises.
On mixing metaphors in a quote from Gabrielle Wittkop’s “Exemplary Departures”.
On stories where you know the protagonist dies at the end, and quotes about death and rebirth from Gabrielle Wittkop’s “Exemplary Departures”.
On the power of word associations and “The Danger in Associations of Thoughts” from Henri Michaux’s “Life in the Folds”.
On how the suspense-tension-reveal sequence is reversed in “Man-Sling” from Henri Michaux’s “Life in the Folds”.
On the process of reverse personification in “The Statue and I” from Henri Michaux’s “Life in the Folds”.
On Henri Michaux’s “Life in the Folds”, and reverse personification in “Like the Sea” as a way of exploring interactions with the world.
On the art of writing tales about solitaries in Michel de Ghelderode’s “Spells”.
The definition of a sentence, Folwer’s classification of verbless sentences, and rhetoric’s scesis onomaton.
Fowler’s 1968 Dictionary on synonymia, tautology, circumlocution, pleonasm, meaningless words, and pairs of commonly confused words—all delicately sautéed and prepared for modern connoisseurs.
On why personification of objects matters, and an excerpt from Martín Adán’s “Cardboard House”.
On personifying shoes, an excerpt from Martín Adán’s “Cardboard House”.
Analysis of speech figures in an excerpt from Martín Adán’s “Cardboard House”.
Learning the tricks of effective metaphors by analysing Martín Adán’s descriptions of “sky” in “The Cardboard House”.
Learning the tricks of effective metaphors by analysing Martín Adán’s descriptions of “sun” in “The Cardboard House”.
On the elements of metafiction and Julio Cortázar’s short story “Continuity of Parks”.
We hear in time, but we see in space—how this affects different storytelling mediums.
Beginning the New Year with a perusal of the Merriam-Webster’s “A” section.
The most popular posts of 2017.
Where to look for inspiration when inventing words for your fantasy writing.
On how to craft meaningful compound and meld words. Examples taken from W. B. Yeats, E. E. Cummings, Keri Hulme.
On inspiration in the dark.
Books as repositories of vast knowledge (vast enough to be called libraries).
On how a personal library can affect its owner’s writing.
The vice of aschematison (plain, non-metaphorical language) in titles.
On mistakes in writing and speech, modern and ancient.
On how diverse content sparks diverse thoughts.
On personification in titles of “Nature Magazine”.
Analysing film and music reference in “Nature Magazine” headlines.
On setting down those first words, and on Augusto Monterroso’s story “Leopoldo (His Labors)”.
Looking for metaphors in Leonora Carrington’s short stories (and division of utterances according to John R. Searle). On surrealism.
Quotes from Bruno Schulz and Anne Carson on sleep and waking.
On why Anne Carson’s quote “Perfection is round” is special.
On first person point of view, the Rashomon effect, and refutation in Niel Gaiman’s “Snow, Glass, Apples”.
Anyone can read the lyrical. Quote from Martín Adán’s “The Cardboard House”.
On circumlocution. Example from science journalism: Nature Magazine.
It is entirely plausible that some people have not heard of Apple, so let me just say that Apple Inc. is a forty-one-year-old technology company from California that designs computers, tablets, phones, and that names them MacBooks, iPads, iPhones. Theirs is the logo that looks like Snow White had a go at it. Today’s … Continue reading “Apple’s Metalepsis”