Jane Eaton Hamilton

"I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.” – Lillian Hellman

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George Saunders

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On story writing:

“…it’s actually your own discontent with it that in some slow, mysterious way urges it to higher ground.”

On love and story writing:

“…you come back to [your partner] day after day and you try to intuit their real expansiveness.”

On Story

 

George Saunders on story

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sketch: Jane Eaton Hamilton uncertain date: 2011?

Here, from The Atlantic, is George Saunders talking about how to write a good story. I love George Saunders’ heart. Sometimes, the Semplica-Girl Diaries, a story of his that IV-dripped into me, swirls in my brain.

After listening to this video, now I will hear this:

“…what you try and do with the person you love. You come back to them again and again and try to intuit their real expansiveness and you try to keep them close to you and give them the benefit of the doubt.” I have never heard this expressed quite this way before and I hope George Saunders wouldn’t mind if I say that this is why women stay with battering spouses.

This, indeed, is why I stayed with her. I continued to try to intuit her real expansiveness. It was this expansiveness under her crabbed expression of rage that bound, fascinated, compelled and tugged me closer.

It’s discontent and generosity that builds story. May I always remember this.

George Saunders

Here’s another interview from Triquarterly:

An Interview with George Saunders

“We just got our submissions for our grad program [at Syracuse] and we got 600 this year for 6 spots. And I read 165 of those. And it’s so interesting. Everybody has a beautiful life. And everybody has an intense childhood. And everybody has, I think, some ability to be moved by literature. But then you see 165 people stepping forward to try to make that magic on their own, and it’s not a given. You can be a really smart, really well read, really well intentioned person, but somehow the thing you’re writing doesn’t come alive. Every year we do this, I’m kind of stunned by how many people are writing and also how well, and also how few of those people really get into the zone of speaking to me or speaking to another human being at the heart level. It’s kind of a mysterious thing. It’s kind of terrifying.”

Stand By Me, Tracy Chapman

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I love Tracy Chapman and this is a beautiful set and rendition.  When she sang “If the sky, that we look upon/Should tumble and fall/And the mountain/Should crumble to the sea” from Ben E King’s simple lyrics, I realized that what had always been a metaphor was no longer so and I wept.  I hope that the power of standing together can help us.

Late Show with David Letterman

Big Creature Media: You know you want it

I’m impressed with my friend Rosa Jurjevics’s multimedia company, Big Creature Media, which specializes in all aspects of motion graphics, animation, and video editing. I am too old to know about anything newer than Brownie cameras, but she always pretends I’m not and let’s me get (faux) gear-geeky. She knows her stuff, and you should probably know her stuff, too, especially if you have a hankering for a multimedia genius who can write like spit (and, also, spit pretty far).

 

At Big Creature, we keep our bulging green eyes peeled for those seeking a keen creative force to bring their video visions to life — and yes, this means YOU!
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A Transparent Glass of Water

She has no personality except when she’s with other people.  A short video:

Joyce Carol Oates

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