Novels, while not in the business of stating truths about the world, tell a human story very often universal in scope and present them back to us as concrete forms of human engagement. A novel has the capacity to give shape, form, and structure, to the range of values, concerns, and experiences that define human reality.
The simple answer? Because it makes them feel fortunate.
The main purpose of this novel is to entertain the reader with a historical fantasy: a spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy and absolute power, set against the canvas of North America, Europe and Asia during World War 1 and the ensuing great depression.
So what sets the literary hoax separate from the rest of fiction?
Those who read own the world, and those who watch television lose it.
The most common monomaniacal behavior associated with the literary field is of a very mundane nature: the obsession of writers with writing and that of the readers with reading.
Once an artist releases a product, it stands on its own and must be judged as such. The only views and opinions that count, are those ventilated or provoked by the artistic creation itself.
A post about books that allow readers to become protagonists.
The sheer abundance of writing, editing, publishing and promotion manuals for authors make me sometimes roll my eyes.
People who presume, not-entirely-unreasonable, that "literary fiction" represents a value judgment, fail to understand that "literary fiction" is just a marketing category (coined in the 1970's by publishing and book retailers) characterized by slower pacing, stylized prose, introspection and a focus on interior life over exterior action, a focus on character over plot. What they are not, though, are inherent markers of quality.
The average length of a best seller is 375 pages, set inside the USA and the protagonist is a female lawyer or detective. Romance is an upcoming segment: from 5 % of the sales in 1994 to 40 % on Amazon today and it has been demonstrated that men have a slight preference for a male main protagonist.
In today’s literary criticism arises the concept that no general method for the solution of questions can be established which does not explicitly recognize, not only the special numerical bases of the science, but also those universal laws of thought which are the basis of all reasoning, and which, whatever they may be as to their essence, are at least mathematical as to their form.
About an algorithm demonstrating that the course of North American Novels between 1863 and 1963 as a whole, can be described by an algebraic equation.
The title of this article refers to a literary technique describing the perspective through which a narrative is presented. It occurs in a narrative where all information presented reflects the subjective perception of a certain character is said to be internally focalized.
This post wants to create some awareness about books that have found a place into the literary sphere of interest, despite the fact that they didn’t exist the moment they were mentioned first in a literary work.
As far as many bookworms are concerned, advanced equations and graphs are the last things which would hold their interest, but there's no escape from the math. Physicists from the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracow, Poland, performed a detailed statistical analysis of more than one hundred famous works … Continue reading World Literature and Fractals
Three years ago, I took it upon me to read the top 100 of the Canon of the world literature and have recently accomplished this challenge. The least I can say about this task is that I’ve learned something of this experience. Nevertheless there were a couple of unexpected hurdles along the road that I … Continue reading About The Canon of the World Literature.
Dragons are mythological creatures, both good and evil. Colossal beasts, they are symbols of immense power. Western symbolism emphasizes the negative side of their power and energy; the dragon-foe became synonymous with Satan and has come to symbolize evil. In western literature dragons symbolize intense passion and represent the battle knights must fight against immorality. … Continue reading Is the Great Green Dragon a powerful metaphysical creature or a secret cabal of people?
“Genius could be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way, or even to say a simple thing in a simpler way.”- Charles Bukowski In The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way, Charles Bukowski gave a refreshing view upon the art of writing, and expounded on the larger issues around literary … Continue reading Art and Metaphysics
Those familiar with my writing have probably remarked that the main protagonists in my novel stem from very different racial and cultural backgrounds and, by consequence, adhere to very different ways of approaching the daily life. Alec Bannon is an Irish Catholic who’s married to Millie Bloom, who’s on the lookout for her Jewish … Continue reading Culture and religion in my writing