Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick My rating: 3 of 5 stars The way literary people talk about empathy nowadays, you would think it was an ethical term borrowed by aesthetic thinkers to promote the value of art. But in fact this relatively recent word began as an aesthetic concept—to account … Continue reading Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Notes on Notes on Notes: Reading Coetzee’s Diary (Vicariously)

I was never much for archival work. I am as vain and arrogant as any unproven writer who occasionally imagines his future book blurbs, as in that chastening passage from Joyce's "A Little Cloud": He began to invent sentences and phrases from the notice which his book would get. 'Mr Chandler has the gift of … Continue reading Notes on Notes on Notes: Reading Coetzee’s Diary (Vicariously)

Romancing Genre

This piece by Joshua Rothman on the genre wars is a welcome attempt to bring some context and clarity to the discussion. Since the rise of magical realism in the '60s, we have been coming to understand that there is nothing "natural" about the particular tradition of novel writing whose high period spans the century from George … Continue reading Romancing Genre