Jim Thompson’s ‘The Getaway’ shows pulp fiction can be great literature

March 19th, 2012 by Zirk van den Berg § 3 comments § permalink

For much of the 20th Century, being innovative in art was a precondition for recognition, if not sufficient reason in itself. It was certainly the case in visual art. Novels, too, could not escape being judged on their novelty value.

What has come to interest me more than novelty is the possibility of doing something valuable within the canons of well-established art forms.  Can one, for instance, write a book within the constraints of pulp fiction that is also great literature? » Read the rest of this entry «

Writing as a way to collect rejection slips

March 2nd, 2012 by Zirk van den Berg § 0 comments § permalink

It has occurred to me that writing is a laborious way of collecting rejection slips. I got my first one in 1979 and publishers turning down my manuscripts still outnumber the times they have agreed to publish my work by a factor of ten or so.

Getting a rejection slip is a disappointment for any author. Here you are, pouring your soul or at least many hours into a project and some stranger says it’s not worth publishing. Feeling hurt, wronged or angry is normal.

But it would be wrong to assume that this has to be the author’s response. » Read the rest of this entry «

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