Professor Sean Scanlan
Mon 11-12; Tues 2:30-3:30
Office: Namm 520
- The Essence of FictionIn all my books, with the exception of Foreign Land, which very clearly sits in the category called "novel," I'm interested in the generic edge, the boundary between what is roughly called nonfiction and what is called fiction. I always want to remind people that the word fiction doesn't come from some imaginary Latin verb meaning […]
- Imitate a First-Time ReaderI try to base my revision on a re-reading of what I’ve done so far, imitating, so far as it’s possible, a first-time reader. That is, I try not to bring too many ideas about what the story is doing etc., etc. Just SEE what it’s doing. In other words, read along with a red […]
- The Most Delicious Part of a Story Is Thinking About ItI never know how much I’ll be able to write or what I’m going to write about. I hope I’ll think of something, and when I do come up with an idea that I consider good enough to write down, I begin to go over it in my mind and let it keep maturing. When […]
- The Essence of Fiction
- Pledging to Go Vegan, at Least for JanuaryVeganuary, a campaign that started in the United Kingdom, has made its way to these shores.
- The Campaign to Redefine ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’The leading maker of MSG started a push to ask Merriam-Webster to change its definition of the term, first added in 1993.
- Life’s Best DinnersIngredients that need two kinds of cooking, vegetables that take ages to peel, hard to find spices: Learn to spot the slowdowns in advance.
- Pledging to Go Vegan, at Least for January