How To Write Better: Borrowing From Chemistry

How To Write Better: Borrowing From Chemistry by @DFriedmanAuthor #write #writer #chemistry

Better Writing Through Chemistry  In 1935, Dupont promised they’d bring us better living through chemistry. Today, the phrase is used ironically for movie and album titles and most especially to describe recreational drug use. Acknowledging that chemistry has improved our lives is bromidic. Less well known is that the chemical lexicon, demonstrably miscible with our…

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Although I had tried to make The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers as comprehensive as possible, as I acknowledged in the preface, I knew that with new writer-artists appearing every day that it would be out of date as soon as it was published.  Omissions were partially rectified with two large exhibitions…

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We’ve all had those head-thumping moments—coming up with the crushing argument when our adversary is long gone, remembering the ingredient left out of the casserole, the part that should have been done or installed before the part just finished with.  Many such omissions are fixable, even if at some cost or inconvenience.  But imagine writing…

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Fernando del Paso: “I dream that I paint, and I paint the dream.”

With the 2015 award of the Cervantes Prize, Fernando del Paso’s place among the greatest of Spanish literary figures was cemented.  Acclaimed as both novelist and essayist, the Surrealist-influenced del Paso was also an internationally exhibited artist whose work, both in ink and paint, offers precisely rendered, dream-like images that juxtapose and merge the real and the fantastic.  

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I repeatedly tried and failed to get a ticket to The Lehman Trilogy when it was mounted at New York’s Armory and, despairing, would have settled for a streamed version, but couldn’t match the odd venues and times with my own. So I jumped at tickets on its return to Broadway, even before Covid was…

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Enjoy the latest issue of INTERFACES


FacebookTwitterShare Voilá, the latest issue of INTERFACES, internationally renowned journal of text and image. This issue focuses on format and the myriad ways writers, artists, sculptors, and photographers play with format to achieve their effects.  Included is my extended essay and on-camera interview with Peter Sacks who began making the tiniest of images rendered with a…

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Roberta Allen: Art and Language as One

“Drawing saved me from the insanity of my family.”

Allen’s art has been exhibited globally, and her more than 200 stories have been anthologized and published in collections as well as literary journals.  She is a conceptual artist: the connection between writing and art is vivid in her work—text and image are one as you can see in this recent piece shown beside.

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Frederic Tuten Fulfills a Youthful Fantasy

  “George Moore said, ‘School … killed the life of love and art.’ I would not let it kill me.” As a young teenager, distinguished novelist and short story writer Frederic Tuten dreamed of being a painter and living in Paris. Inspired by such books as George Moore’s memoir, Confessions of a Young Man, and…

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How Peter Sacks Joined the Greats

  “Paint seems more embedded in the cosmos than language.” The Poet Picked Up a Paintbrush You are about to witness a historic moment. A little more than twenty years ago, Peter Sacks, a successful poet and Harvard professor, decided to pick up a paintbrush for the first time. Today, hailed internationally, his work is…

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Evan Hunter/Ed McBain, “there is no frame in writing.”

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Among the very rare group of writers whose books have sold over 100 million copies, the inventor of the police procedural with his dozens of 87th Precinct novels, the author of The Blackboard Jungle, and the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” Evan Hunter as the boy Salvatore Lombino was art editor of his school…

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Louise Glück, Nobel Poet and Sometime Painter.

“I couldn’t bear the endless forfeits [painting] involved.” In her youth, Glück painted which, in her essay “Education of the Poet,” she describes as “a small gift.” To this she adds, “Small but, like my other aptitudes, relentlessly developed. At some point in my late teens I realized I was at the end of what…

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“Unorthodox”: A Fantasy Based on a Fiction

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We all know that when a movie opens with “based on” or “inspired by” true events that what we are about to see is only remotely connected with historic truth. But we want to believe we’re getting lived reality and not just writerly invention so we’re happy to accept the fiction that follows. “Unorthodox,” the…

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Freeman Dyson, Brilliant and Wrongheaded

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Freeman Dyson, the legendary polymath of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, died a week and a half ago. He leaves behind prodigious contributions in mathematics and physics and, perhaps equally important, an iconoclastic philosophy and gadfly writings that challenged consensus thinking, particularly, and rather notoriously, in the sphere of climate change. He also promoted some…

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