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In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, eBe my religion if I had to choose one This book contains several gems Lydia Davis an accomplished writer and translator who is best known for her flash fiction pieces is a master at recognizing the magic in smallvents daily observations and Bark everyday interactions amongst ordinary people I spent considerable time reading through the sections ofssays On Such a Full Sea entitled The Practice of Writing In simple terms she shares many of the recommendations she has made to her own students She highly recommends that any student of writing read Artful Sentences by Virginia Tufte She is also a fan of keeping an active notebook in which many of her stories begin though not all completed and says she can have several stories going at once some laying dormant for considerable periods of times something I found reassurance in since it best describes the many stories that coxist in both my own notebook and head Regarding notebooks she has studied those of other writers and of Kafka she writesKafka kept a notebook full of ideas for stories beginnings of stories complete stories accounts of Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! evenings spent with friends in cafes and then also complaints about his family landlady neighborstc His complaints about his neighbors "Real Noises On The Other "noises on the other of the wall became written fantasies about unreal people on the other side of the wall A writer s notebook about unreal people on the other side of the wall A writer s notebook a record or the objectification of a mind There were several painters like Delacroix who kept wonderful notebooks And t lydia davis xperiments with form are so curious she is so attentive as a writer i adore her for *That Here She Reflects *here she reflects writing translating i have a list of authors she references in these ssays that I need to look up now want to read her translation of Madame Bovary i also can t wait to get my hands on a copy of Artful Sentences Syntax as Style bc her musings about the book intrigue me Mastered (The Enforcers, enough to want to do so injoy books by writers about writing specifically about the Man, Son of Man evolution of their writing lucky for me this is book one of two. R favorite short stories from John Ashbery's translation of Rimbaud to Alan Cote's painting and from the Shepherd's Psalm toarly tourist photograp. Lydia Davis is one of my favorite writers smart always interesting thought provoking Her short and short short stories are clever often funny and stimulate my imagination And she is a superb translator Madame Bovary Proust s Swann s WayMy favorite of these Alter Ego essays are those describing her own writing process Davis weighsvery word she uses she appears to be as careful a writer as Flaubert himself I loved reading about how she makes her choices what guides her how she thinks as a writer In one ssay Davis shares her tips about how to write she also suggests books to read for preparation and skill development of course I immediately bought one of the books she highly recommends Artful Sentences Syntax as Style by Virginia Tufte now I need only to actually read it In another ssay she allows us to follow her mind as she reads a book of French history she has barely begun when in the course of looking up something mentioned in the book She Begins An Exploration That Leads Her Through Associative Thinking begins an xploration that leads her through associative

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many unlikely also njoyed her Unseen City essays on other writers She looks at works and authors that are outstanding and perhaps somewhat unusual such as Maurice Blanchot Lucia Berlin and Rae Armantrout authors I love and admire Davis opens up new ways of thinking and appreciating art and life as well Thessays are relatively short but Art exciting However the reading time may not always beually brief God Is in the Crowd eachssay gives rise to so much thought on the part of the reader as well as the desire to go back or for the first time read the authors she discusses that the book becomes a kind of seed that produces growth in the reader which in turn means that time is taken than that which is spent in the reading of the Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard essayI strongly recommend this book It s smart thought provoking and well fun A true treasure trove Terrificssays on under read visionaries like Blanchot Mallarme Joubert Butor and Leiris plus some of the best practical writing advice I ve The Matriarchs (The Family everncountered 1 Work on your character 2 Work on. Best known for her short stories and translations Davis's also writes nonfiction In Essays I Davis has for the first time gathered a selection of s. .
Your handling of language so that you know what you re doing and can do it well and be in control 3 Know your language its words and phrases and idioms deeply through very kind of study of it 4 Say what you want to say without inhibition in the way you want to say it regardless of what other people might think but with sensitivity to the feelings of others 5 Work hard write a lot and be patient Five cardinal rules from Thirty Recommendations for Good Writing Habits What a real delight I have not been this
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about buying new book in years Reading this fat volume is like taking a private writing workshop with Lydia Davis I find myself immensely inspired and challenged I am re reading Artful Sentences by Virginia Tufte now which Davis recommends and feel like my mind is already sharpening and which Davis recommends and feel like my mind is already sharpening and as the year begins all thanks to Davis This was such a well written collection of When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) essays about Lydia Davisxperiences over decades Since she usually writes fiction I was hesitant about this one but was hooked after reading the first No Biggy! essay The writing is spectacular and I am hoping there is another volume being written my ability tonjoy this collection which is uite brilliant was somewhat curtailed by my lack of familiarity w most of davis subject material i still found it Crush It! exceptional and the lastssay in particular is stunning Essential for anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of great sentence construction how Davis composes her work what inspires and has inspired it or Attracting Birds to Your Backyard even if you just want to spend tim A remarkable collection ofssays by the brilliant prose writer Lydia Davis I recommend this book to those who write The first piece in the book The Practice of Writing is Deep Listening essential advice in choosing one s words correctly andconomically Also pieces on translations Bird-by-Bird Gardening essay writing history and art criticism A brilliant cocktail of a book Goddamn this is how it must have felt being the first person to read the King James Bible I am a massive atheist but Lydia Davis s brain would. Says commentaries and lectures composed over the past five decadesIn this first of two volumes her subjects range from herarliest influences to he. ,

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