March 19, 2013
Writing and reading the great writers. I'm interested in a writers' group that fosters the reading of one's own work. I've published four books--a novel trilogy and a slim collection of stories. I'm currently at work on a new novel. I've had a lot of different jobs, including teaching at the college level. Happily, I have time now to devote my energies to my writing and to the marketing of my work. It would be quite wonderful to get with a group interested in serious literature, and yet not associated with academe per se. Also, I'd like to be with a group that's neither subgenre- nor sales-oriented.
Maybe when I first discovered there was such a thing as literature. As a young kid I was more action-oriented--not a real reader. Not until my freshman year in college (at a great university) did I really discover the Humanities. I was thrown by pure luck in a pilot course for first-year English, and the first book we had to read was Plato's Republic. What? Then More's Utopia, Gulliver's Travels and Brave New World. Then poetry the second quarter, then fiction, where I encountered the greats, many of whom I'd never heard of--like James Joyce. With luck still on my side I had assigned as my advisor Richard Ellman, the great Joyce and Yeats scholar. I was hopelessly hooked. I had to learn literature and struggle to find my own style as a writer, with everything else--the sciences, the jobs--snapping at my heels. I'd have to say at this point the Humanities inform my daily experience.
Heavens! I'm better with people than I've ever been, and that's a surprise. I was never what you'd call bad with people, but now, after being through the fire a bit, maybe I'm even a little bit good. Yes, the fire--and my wife, too.
My wife died fairly recently at too young an age, from complications after a 9-year struggle with multiple sclerosis. We have four adult children, and four grandchildren, all doing well.
Hello. I write fiction and am interested in meeting folks of a similar ilk. That is, 'literary fiction' (I loathe the term, but people seem to know what you're talking about when you use it.) Most recently, I've taught part-time at UNLV (English).
I'm optimistic. It would be good to have a viable literary scene outside academe.