Monthly Archives: June 2013

Notes on Literature, Reading, and Writing: Categorising Fiction 1

When reading fiction and writing about it I instinctively categorise. Doing so helps me articulate to myself the mechanics of the narrative, why certain narrative elements work or don’t work, how and why they come together, the motivations of the characters and why … Continue reading

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Links and Quotes: A Borgesian Link and a ‘Babel’-ian Blog

From The Babelian algorithms on No Fear of the Future The idea of the story [The Library of Babel] is persistently appropriated and repurposed, some even postulating a VHS version. But I suspect most take it as a given that the … Continue reading

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Notes on Writing: Writing Science, the Obsessions of Science Writers

The best science writers do not write science; they write cultural histories. With the single-minded obsession of an auteur meticulously putting together a motion picture, they tease out the narratives underlying the human efforts to make sense of the Universe. … Continue reading

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Notes and Musings on Literature and Movies: A Cosmic Shift

At one point of time, in awe of majestic cosmic questions, I scoffed at the mundane everyday world of easy familiarity, routines, and relationships. How, I wondered, could the trivial details of human existence and its everyday mechanics be even … Continue reading

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