Jul 30, 2012 @ 12:46:00 am
At The Millions, Ted Scheinman considers attention deficit in literature—that is, not the representation of ADD in books, but rather how short attention spans can be in the classics. The canonical example of a “jumpy, distracted” book is Tristam Shandy. In Shandy, Scheinman claims that not only is “attention deficit, for Sterne... not something to be feared in the reader—it is the basis for his process of composition.”
It’s the how-to issue of the New York Times Book Review. In this issue, Colson Whitehead explains how to write (among his tips: “Keep a dream diary”); Roger Rosenblatt lays out “how to write great” (great what, we’re not sure); Augusten Burroughs offers a primer on how to write how-tos; and in the grand tradition of M.F.K. Fisher, Kate Christensen explains how to cook a clam.
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