Marquez and his Melancholy Whores

(Review of Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.) When I first read Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Memories of My Melancholy Whores (translated by Edith Grossman), a novella published in English in 2005, I did not like it. I’ve recently re-read it and found it much more rewarding. I believe my first reading was […]

You need poetry in your posts

What the world really needs is poetry in posts. Seriously. Keep in mind, when we use the word poetry we usually mean it in one of two ways. There is the very technical use when we are talking about something like a Shakespearean sonnet. But there is also the much more common use, in the […]

Don’t have two Cinderellas in one story

This is about sports and stories – specifically, hockey and stories. So you’ve been warned. We’re down to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. That’s a big deal in Canada and, depending on who and where you are, it may be a big deal to you. Two teams are in it: the Vancouver Canucks […]

If the door is locked, use a window

When you find a door locked it’s not unusual to waste a lot of time trying to open it. But it’s locked and no matter what you do it won’t open. That is when you pause, take a look around and notice the window – and it’s open. That’s your way in. It can take […]

The editor steps in again

It’s been unusually quiet at Writelife. You can blame the editor for that. I have three posts unpublished because the editor has nixed them. Yes, the editor is me. The editor is a self-editor. What was wrong with the posts? They were cranky. Whiny. The tone was all bitchiness. The editor doesn’t like that. Not […]