literature – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:11:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Finding friends between the covers http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/05/04/finding-friends-covers/ Thu, 04 May 2017 22:46:25 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5471 So institutions are crumbling, right? The fabric of shared culture is threadbare, and our intellectual class is what you’d expect were you to put the sheep in Orwell’s Animal Farm in charge of administering doctoral dissertations. It almost makes one thankful the average American attention span is that of a moth who can’t afford his Ritalin refill—our …

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Maybe We’re Not All Bad http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/04/25/maybe-not-bad/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/04/25/maybe-not-bad/#comments Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:49:35 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5463 This is a post for men. This is not a post for women. If you are a woman, I respectfully request that you stop reading immediately. I’m fixing to explain a couple of things, and I certainly don’t want to fall into the sin of mansplaining. So skedaddle, ladies. That includes you in the back. …

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What’s Not on Your Reading List? http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/04/18/whats-not-reading-list/ Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:55:19 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5441 So I’m eating pineapple and considering this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners and these are not unrelated, because both activities aim at healthfulness. The truth is I’d rather be eating Krispy Kreme and reading Neuromancer, but my cholesterol has taken a slight uptick. It puts me in mind of my mortality, yet even as I approach …

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Hammering art http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/02/10/hammering-art/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:21:33 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4750 They say all great men have a morning routine, so I figured I ought to rush right out and get me one of those. I’ll belabor the elements of that routine while subtly flattering myself for it some other time; the point today is that it often includes listening to Writer’s Almanac while I make …

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Against being against epiphanies http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/07/16/against-being-against-epiphanies/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/07/16/against-being-against-epiphanies/#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2013 02:05:20 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3691 Some of you may like my latest essay on the Good Letters channel at Patheos. It covers everything from Oliver Stone to a young Whittaker Chambers, with a slight dose of literary criticism mixed in. Here’s an excerpt: I’ve been reading recently published short fiction—in journals, in anthologies. It seems that everyone took Baxter to …

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Elect art http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/12/07/elect-art/ Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:24:51 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3584 My latest short story is in the current edition of Image, for those of you with a literary bent. And for those of you bent theologically, in this case, because in my story John Calvin attends a writing workshop so he can learn to craft Christian romance novels. That’s not what the story is about, …

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Confederacy of Dunces http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/08/11/confederacy-of-dunces/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/08/11/confederacy-of-dunces/#comments Sat, 11 Aug 2012 22:53:29 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3438 “They would try to make me into a moron who liked television and new cars and frozen food. Don’t you understand? Psychiatry is worse than communism. I refuse to be brainwashed. I won’t be a robot!” “But, Ignatius, they help out a lot of people got problems.” “Do you think that I have a problem?” …

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Ten Thousand Hours with You http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/01/28/ten-thousand-hours-with-you/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/01/28/ten-thousand-hours-with-you/#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2012 17:29:53 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3341 I recently discovered a delightful poem by David Kirby in Five Points, and thought I’d share a snippet of it with all of you: … and you’d think that’d settle it, that the opera lovers of Tallahassee would let go of their plow handles and wipe their sweaty brows with their bandanas and say, “Well, …

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Cormac McCarthy http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/11/28/american-writing-at-its-best/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/11/28/american-writing-at-its-best/#comments Sun, 28 Nov 2010 15:47:11 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3102 “He sat in the dappled light among the stones. A bird sang. Some leaves were falling. He sat with his hands palm up on the grass beside him like a stricken puppet and he thought no thoughts at all.” Suttree, Cormac McCarthy

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The trouble with poetry http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/20/the-trouble-with-poetry/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/20/the-trouble-with-poetry/#comments Wed, 20 Oct 2010 20:30:21 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2847 Adam Roberts begins a five-part manifesto on why you should be reading poetry: “I remember, as a young person, being posed the question, ‘what kind of music do you like?,’ and coolly, sensibly replying, ‘everything but classical!’ Now, as a graduate student and adjunct professor, when I ask my students what they like to read, …

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