The Train as Temple

It's been nearly two years since I've written anything here. And it took a long subway ride to get me to return. The extremely long hiatus was due in large part to the fact that I was focused on creating fiction. That is, I was directing all my creative energy to writing long tracts of…

The First-Person Novel: Why You Shouldn’t Write One

I've wondered about whether to use the first or the third person voice in my own novel, and I've come to conclude that I personally cannot stand to read most first-person novels. More often than not, they're a break from what John Gardener calls the fictive dream. You see, more often than not, you end…