On Desire

If my students remember anything about me, it will probably be how much I love Flannery O’Connor, Robert Olen Butler, Pinckney Benedict, Charles Baxter and other literary heroes. If they remember anything I’ve said, it will probably have something to do with conflict, the accumulation of detail, change, meaning, or desire. Yearning, I remind them, … Continue reading On Desire

The Enemy of Good is Better: Novels that Resonate vs. Novels that Satisfy

Came upon a few posts from my old blog 50 shimmering pages that I thought might be of interest to some of you. March 14, 2013 For the last several months, I have been obsessed with trying to understand what makes one novel more broadly appealing than another. Because the question is complex and thorny, … Continue reading The Enemy of Good is Better: Novels that Resonate vs. Novels that Satisfy