Keeping Abreast of the Fabulous

All right, even I am having difficulty at times keeping up with all the news, so if I repeat something here, it just means you’re paying attention, well done, here’s a cookie! Soon I have to leave the glories of Alba for the um, gories? of Albany. Alas. Which means I have to figure out…

The Thing about Vampires

Teaching is all about planning + improvisation. You have to plan well and provide a structure, but it’s also important to roll with the vagaries of the unexpected. Today was a case for this kind of flexibility. After talking about the ambiguity that signaled the 1980s shift in horror films, we were all primed to…

What Fred Said

Fred Vargas, archaeologist of the Middle Ages and crime novelist, interviewed in the Guardian:Since the 1970s, Vargas argues, serious literature has regarded stories as “slightly silly”, forcing them to become “refugees” in the crime novel. “It has been a literature of narcissism about ‘me and my family’, ‘me and my problems’, ‘me and my lover’….

The Curse

Gene forwarded a link to a Wired magazine article where Clive Thompson actually compared genre writing positively to “literature” (i.e. stories with people a lot like you* to whom very little happens except for a small epiphany by the end of the story/novel; subgenres include stories about people who have really horrible chldhoods yet survive,…