Tag Archives: Genre trouble

Genre Trouble: Twilight and the New Vampire Story

The good news about being a professional writer is that all sorts of oddball things become tax deductible: book purchases (market research), movie tickets (review essays), office supplies, the new computer (equipment). The bad news: I have to read books … Continue reading

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Genre Trouble: urban fantasy (the city as character)

My Brain Sister and Beta is currently reading my novella The Lost Pissarro. She had the following comments: “One of the things I thought was cool: it keeps in the spirit of urban fantasy because Minneapolis is a character. If … Continue reading

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Genre Trouble: Pulp and Proud

I owe a considerable debt to my writing buddy Devin Harnois, who handed me a couple of books and said, “You need to read these, because I thought you already had.” 

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Genre Trouble: The MFA I don’t have

I recently launched on the project of filing all of my written work in one place, since it was scattered all over my rather overstuffed apartment. My sister suggested that I pretend that I was going to get a new … Continue reading

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Genre Trouble: Everybody is subcultural (Literary fiction is a genre too)

Until I started working with the National Novel Writing Month local community in the Twin Cities, my experience with peer-organized writing groups (as opposed to professionally led classes) had been nearly uniformly negative. Now, I feel as if I’ve come … Continue reading

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Genre Trouble: Loose Baggy Monsters, or the Lasagna Theory

The overture: two epigraphs A good play, like a good lasagna, should be overstuffed: It has a pomposity, and an overreach: Its ambitions extend in the direction of not-missing-a-trick, it has a bursting omnipotence up its sleeve, or rather, under … Continue reading

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Genre trouble: By any means necessary, or novels on the edge

The novel is the shape-shifter of the literary world, which is one of the reasons I love it so much. It can look like a diary, a bundle of letters, a collection of theatrical monologues, a cycle of tersely told … Continue reading

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