Browsing All posts tagged under »first novels«

A Timeline of Ecstatic Influence: An Addendum to Lethem

September 27, 2010

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As Lethem so definitively demonstrates, no one is complete without input—shit tons of the stuff. And yet there's something in human beings even in the 21st century that insists the things that move us be pure of history, as if charisma was a product only of the womb and not an accumulation of experience.

A Beginning from an End: My Origination Story

September 17, 2010

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A tornado walloped Brooklyn last night, and on the bus ride home it hit me that for the first time in my adult life, I'm having fun writing. This realization sprang not from the electrical currents in the air but from the simple fact I'm reliving the most painful moments of my creative expression from a safe distance.

Guest Post: “A First Novel Is Really Really Really…”

September 14, 2010

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When I first started thinking about the various novels that really set fire to my brain and left the scorch marks to prove it, it became embarrassingly clear that I am not a First Novel Person.

Have White Teeth, Will White Riot

September 11, 2010

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It's one of my most annoying traits: I'm a novelist, but not a great lover of many novels, especially anything post-1960.

A First Novel Is This

September 9, 2010

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Before anyone asks, the answer is no. Nope, Jilly Kilroy is not me, and, non, I am not Jilly Kilroy.

Strummer und Drang: A Love Story

September 6, 2010

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Many people can isolate the exact moment when the spark took flight and, voila, they were in love, attached to another being unconditionally. A similar dynamic played out when I listened to The Clash after Lester Bangs educated me.

A First Novel Big Bang(s) Theory

September 4, 2010

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This eponymous blog is an attempt not just to say the things I didn't quite manage to spit out in my book but also to reveal a process: the knitting together of disparate influences into a message, that is, a book.