Tag: characterization

A Reflective “Sunset Baby” Dawns Off Broadway
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A Reflective “Sunset Baby” Dawns Off Broadway

Theatre is a mirror, but for what? We quote “Hamlet,” saying that performance should hold a “mirror up to nature”; in an interview, the playwright Dominique Morisseau cited Nina Simone, who said that an artist’s duty is “to reflect the times.” Nature, right; the times, of course—the theatre should reflect those things. But a play

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Literary Loops: Mariah Stovall on the Role of Repetition in Music and Fiction
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Literary Loops: Mariah Stovall on the Role of Repetition in Music and Fiction

Without repetition, there is no music. Entire genres—trap; bachata—rely on reworking characteristic instrumentations, rhythms, and beats, beats that are themselves the stuff of repetition. Blues has its signature chord progressions. Disco and its danceable descendants lean into the power of synthesized loops. Harsh or ambient, noise music confidently gazes in on and repeats itself. Themes,

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Should Fiction Writers Fear, Use, or Deny AI?
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Should Fiction Writers Fear, Use, or Deny AI?

[The following is a guest post in a series of diverse posts from individuals who participate in the Eric Maisel Community, a place where we share virtual space, work together two Saturdays a month on our individual projects, and cultivate a sense of community. To learn more, please visit here .] By Laura Cristini It’s

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Sheila Heti Was Wasting Her Time. Then She’d Written a Book.
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Sheila Heti Was Wasting Her Time. Then She’d Written a Book.

Sheila Heti, photographed by Yael Malka. “A writer has to follow their curiosity, first and foremost,” writes Sheila Heti in the opening chapter of her nifty and singular new book, Alphabetical Diaries . “A writer is just one person under the stars,” begins the subsequent sentence, “one person in a universe, writing about a whole

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Life Concentrated: Kate Brody on Writing About the Internet
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Life Concentrated: Kate Brody on Writing About the Internet

For years, I avoided technology in my work. Despite my poor research habits, I’d set stories in the decades before my own birth, or worse, I’d construct the literary equivalent of a black box, a setting devoid of temporal artifacts where eternal human struggles could play out without the interference of pesky cell phones. This

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Dragon Ball is Actually Well-Written — As Long As You Read The Manga
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Dragon Ball is Actually Well-Written — As Long As You Read The Manga

Dragon Ball is one of the most famous franchises in history, having a massive fanbase in both America and Japan. However, over the years, the show has attracted lots of criticism and controversy, with many saying that the franchise’s writing isn’t as good as it’s made out to be. But this is far from the

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What Should You Read Next? Here Are the Best Reviewed Books of the Week
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What Should You Read Next? Here Are the Best Reviewed Books of the Week

Tessa Hadley’s After the Funeral , David Lipsky’s The Parrot and the Igloo , Nicole Flattery’s Nothing Special , and Laura Cumming’s Thunderclap all feature among the Best Reviewed Books of the Week. Brought to you by Book Marks , Lit Hub’s “Rotten Tomatoes for books.” * Fiction 1. After the Funeral by Tessa Hadley

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