Adrienne Rich (May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012)

July 3, 1997  Jane Alexander  The National Endowment for the Arts 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue  Washington, DC 20506   Dear Jane Alexander, I just spoke with a young man from your office, who informed me that I had been chosen to be one of twelve recipients of the National Medal for the Arts at a ceremony at…

Ten rules for writing fiction

I will be spending part of my Easter-holiday traveling by planes & trains. And for these occasions I have downloaded a few audiobooks. I’m especially looking forward to AL Kennedy’s The Blue Book As I have never read any of her work before, I can yet not tell you anything noteworthy of her way of…

Thank You Virginia!

Virginia Woolf died this day, on 28 March, in 1941 – when she drowned herself in the River Ouse near her home in Sussex, by putting rocks in her coat pockets. Her body was found later in April and she was then cremated, her ashes spread under two elms at Monks’ House. She had left…

There but for the

Today I’m reading Ali Smith’s There but for the, that is to say: I’m reading På stedet mil – which is what the Norwegian translation of the novel is called. The title seems strange to me, but it might just be so because its not my mother tongue. Have you read it? Any thoughts on…

The Voyage Out

Inspired by Caroline’s beautiful review I’ve started reading Virginia Woolf’s first published novel: The Voyage Out (1915). Throughout The Voyage Out, writes Suzanne Raitt in The Cambridge Companion, Rachel (the heroine of the story) fights, just like Virginia Woolf herself, to develop a voice to which people will listen: Each of the ladies, being after the fashion of…

Ten rules for writing fiction

… I love to read, but what I really need just now, in the middle of life, is to become a better writer… A visit to 101 Books made me aware of this great list of RULES for writing fiction. Heres Anne Enright’s contribution: 1 The first 12 years are the worst. 2 The way to write a…

disappointing!

To tell you the truth: I would never had finished reading Monica Ali’s Untold Story had it not been my job to do so. I cannot imagine why Ali, a serious, Booker nominated novelist, ended up writing this nonsense. My review of the book will be written & published in Norwegian (I don’t think you…

Originally posted on Beauty is a Sleeping Cat:
Maybe it’s because I’m reading Alexandra Johnson’s books and Virginia Woolf is an author who is central in them or perhaps it is because of Sigrun’s (sub rosa) Virginia Woolf project which I like to follow, whatever it is, Virginia Woolf was often on my mind lately. I have this…

Allegory of Spring

 It’s Vernal Equinox – and once again, night and day stand in perfect balance Sandro Botticelli, PRIMAVERA (1482) – the ultimate celebration of spring Botticelli’s Primavera was one of the first large-scale European paintings to tell a story that was not Christian, replacing the agony of Easter with a pagan rite. The very idea of art…

Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two

Käthe Kollwitz

Have you ever seen such a strong image? This woodcut is a self-portrait made by Käthe Kollwitz in 1923. Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) is considered by many to be one of the greatest draughtsmen and printmakers of all time. She is often mentioned in discussions of German Expressionism, but did actually belong to an earlier generation of artists….

Originally posted on Draft No. 4:
“You write out of need. You write out of hunger.  It isn’t your brilliance; it’s the flaw in your makeup that drives you.”—from an interview with novelist Theodore Wessner in Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process by Barbara Shoup and Margaret-Love Denman Weesner goes on: In terms of…