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NY Times Article on stylistic ruts

Friday, October 5th, 2012

I commend to you this article, which appeared last Sunday (Sep. 30, 2012) in the New York Times.

Escaping One’s Own Shadow

It makes an interesting point about how one’s writing is affected by one’s half-conscious mind-set and suggests ways to escape the stylistic ruts one can get into.  Speaking as a Ph.D. psychologist, I find the reverent psychobabble about priming to be a bit over the top, but priming does happen, so I guess I shouldn’t complain more than I just did.  So, I won’t.

In re: Jeffrey Eugenides

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

I read Jeffrey Eugenides book The Virgin Suicides. It’s the only one of his I’ve read that I’ve liked. I didn’t like The Marriage Plot, and I didn’t like Middlesex. My curmudgeonly persona thinks he got the Pulitzer prize for Middlesex because the committee somehow missed The Virgin Suicides the year it came out and tried to make it up by giving him the prize for Middlesex.