“Spreading your wings” in a complex world
James Hurd August, 2015
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New blog article: Fear GPS Betty!
I’m a bad navigator—missing exits, choosing the wrong route, getting turned around. For years I’ve had a recurring dream where I’m driving around lost in a foreign city. I’m apprehensive, late for my appointment, and clothed only in my underwear. Too proud to stop and ask directions, or even consult a map….
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Writer’s Word of the Week: compression. If you wish to write about one decade of your life, compress it. List a few significant events, but pick out just three highlights and expand on them, instead of droning on about everything.
Iowa Summer Writing Festival. My weekend at the University of Iowa was like drinking from a firehose. Powerful suggestions for “telling your tale.” The challenge now is to apply them, practice them, integrate them into my own writing. Pricey, but very valuable. (They provided coffee the first day, but meals and lodging are on your own.) http://www.iowasummerwritingfestival.org/
Books and Film reviews
Leo Tolstoy’s Resurrection. Just finished this book. A powerful tale of seduction, waywardness, and the long road to redemption, set in late 1800’s Russia. A wealthy prince seduces a poor housemaid, driving her into prostitution. He later accompanies her to exile in Siberia, trying to atone for his sins. Great descriptions of scenes and characters. I frequently put a “W” (“writing”) in the book margins where I see ideas for my own writing. He takes an “omniscient” view, revealing to the reader the thoughts and intents of the hearts of his characters. Motivations.
Remains of the Day (based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, 1989). I recommend this film of blind, misguided loyalty and lost love. Set in 1930’s England in the mansion of wealthy Lord Darlington. His Butler, Stevens, is 100% loyal to Darlington, in spite of Darlington’s Nazi sympathies. Miss Kenton, the housekeeper, loves Stevens, but Stevens is oblivious, and does not return her love. Years later, he encounters Kenton in a poignant conversation.
♫ Education is what someone does to you. Learning is what you do for yourself.
♫ You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not ever get there.
♫ God gave you two ends: One to sit on and one to think with. Success depends upon which one you use most —
Heads you win
Tails you lose!
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