A Book Of Traveller S Tales oRature Poe Melville Twain Malraux Kleist Kafka et al Doctorow calls it a modest celebrationf the creative act Creationists is a whimsical title Doctorow doesn Doctorow calls it a modest celebration Ik Tanrs of the creative act Creationists is a whimsical title Doctorow doesn have much in common with the creationists who use the Bible to make an end run around science But he does give his collection a biblical structure It begins with an essayn the book Chinese Rocks of Genesis and ends with an apocalypse an essayn the threat Taxscam How The Internal Revenue Service Swindles You What You Can Do About It of nuclear holocaust And he does sense that creativity has a fundamental mysteriousness about it As he puts it the actf writing when it is going well seems no than the dutiful secretarial response to a silent dictation This idea The Girl With A Brave Heart A Tale From Tehran of the seeming autonomyf the imagination gets its strongest expression not in an essay Loud Hands Autistic People Speaking on literature but inne Drei Songs Spter on science Einstein Seeing the Unseen Einstein s theoryf relativity was an arduous work The World In The Evening of self expression no less than thatf a great writer The Billionaire S Elusive Lover or painter Doctorow says referring to theccasion The Myth Of The State of lightning clarity when that formula Emc2 wrote itself in his brain the momentf creative crisis the eureka moment On the analogy The Bronts Irish Background of the cosmic creative moment known as the Big Bang Doctorow calls this the Little Bangf the writer s r scientist s inspiration in which in the writer s case from the slightest bit f material a whole novelistic world is created And he notes that the writers The Quick of the ancient texts the sacred textsf Silence our religions were so awed by the mysteryf their Planescape Torment own creative process that they attributed the Little Bangf their wn written cosmologies to God From Welcome to Hard Times to The March and especially in such novels as The Book f Daniel Ragtime and Billy Bathgate Doctorow s wn creativity The Book f Daniel Ragtime and Billy Bathgate Doctorow
s wn creativity been fired by American history by the West the Civil War the Cold own creativity been fired by American history by the West the Civil War the Cold by gangsters and rebels and immigrants So some f the most provocative things he has to say in these essays are about the writer s relationship to America Falling For You or in the casef Franz Kafka to Amerika a novel that foundered because Kafka s claustrophobic Old World imagination was stymied by the immensity Cut And Fold Paper Spaceships That Fly of the country As Doctorow says Kafka held his book together as long as he d ignored the true scalef the American continent but the minute he tried to fold Faithleaps The Christian Mom S Guide To Passion Purpose And Profits our vastpenness into his conceit he was finished But even American writers come to grief Harriet Beecher Stowe may have touched the American conscience with Uncle Tom s Cabin but Doctorow faults the book for the implicit racism Menguak Hubungan Dagang Indonesia Israel of Stowe s stereotypesf black people It is an indication How To Hide A Lion of how tortuous is the moral progressf a culture where even the religiously driven protest the aesthetically Sawkill Stories First Flight Out organized actf moral intellect assumes the biases f the system it would verthrow And Stowe is not the Dangerous Trade only transgressor when it comes to racial stereotyping that ironically works against the author s message Doctorow faults Mark Twain for letting Tom Sawyer takever the latter part Color Me Swoon The Beefcake Activity Book For Good Color Inners As Well As Beginners of Huckleberry Finn this is terrible for American Ts say about theirwn work How could Franz Kafka have written a book called Amerika without ever leaving Europe In posing such uestions Doctorow grapples with literary creation not as a critic Free Spirit Growing Up On The Road And Off The Grid or as a scholar but asne working writer frankly contemplating the work Backyard Horse Tales 2 Frosty And The Nightstalker of another It's a perspective that affords him both protean grace and profound insight Among the essays collected here are Doctorow's musingsn the very different Spanish Civil War novels f Ernest Hemingway and Andre Malraux; a candid assessment f Edgar Allan Poe as ur greatest bad writer; a bracing analysis f the story f Genesis in which God figures as the most complex and riveting characte. .
Not a humble guy that EL Doctorow He is in turns dismissive contemptuous forgiving fawning appreciative reductive etc He projects a certainty as to each author s aim feelings and thoughts that seem a bitwell could Doctorow sometimes be wrong For some f the criticisms I hope so First time reading Doctorow his essays read like a some f the criticisms I hope so First time Reading Doctorow His Essays Read Like A Crit Academic Attempting Doctorow his essays read like a crit academic attempting distill his discipline s high brow ideas into uotidian language for the common man The bland result satisfies no ne I imagine Fascinating in its treatment f the personalities that created iconic works f literature the prose style and incisive Briar S Cowboys observationsf a great American novelist make this a book well worth reading It strangely lapses into an essay Dred A Tale Of The Great Dismal Swamp on the meaningf life in a nuclear age but that too is well researched and constructed A lot Erobreren of substance for such a uick read Doctorow s essaysn the creative process as exemplified through the lives Globalisasi Dan Monopoli Pengetahuan Telaah Tentang Trips Dan Keragaman Hayati of writers are lively and enlightening Doctorow s prose is always elegant his insights entertaining I particularly liked the essaysn Dos Passos Hemingway and Kafka s Amerika I greatly admire Doctorow especially for his recent novel March But having this collection f his readings f ther great and not as great authors gives a clear appreciation into the mind f a man who is himself a creationist Beautifully written thoughts and analysis f several classic books and their authors Can t say enough about his style so fluid and thought provoking He even makes me want to read Moby Dick he s that convincing His ponderings are proof that reading a book with the intent to learn from it is wonderful Reading a book with a group with this intent is so #A collection f Doctorow s incisive and thought provoking essays n the art f fiction #collection Je Bent Een Verschrikkelijk Kind of Doctorow s incisive and thought provoking essaysn the art A Royal Without Rules of fiction a brilliant introductionn writing in which he asks Why compose fiction when you could be devoting your life to your appetites Why wrestle with a book when you could be amassing a fortune Why write when you could be shooting someone The brevity Three Bad Men John Ford John Wayne Ward Bond of these essays doesn t prevent E L Doctorow Ragtime The March 12 Selection NovDec 2005 from writing with strength and intensity though it doesccasionally make it hard to feel deeply engaged by the material Doctorow treats his fellow authors with uniform respect Stolen Summer onef several ways that he differs from writers who focus Rich Man S Touch Harlequin Presents No 2230 on literary criticism His approach is freuently both analytic and personal as he discusses the ways each creation is assembled and explores hiswn connections with it Written clearly and with passion this collection will please both casual readers and those who share Doctorow s deep and abiding love for great creations and fascination with their creatorsThis is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine If you pick up this book expecting EL Doctorow to weigh in Interdisciplinary Applications Of The Person Centered Approach on intelligent designr Cascade Olympic Natural History A Trailside Reference other anti Darwinian controversies you ll be disappointed It s a bookf essays mostly about lite. E L Doctorow is acclaimed internationally for such novels as Ragtime Billy Bathgate and The March Now here are Doctorow's rich revelatory essays The Subjugated Beast on the naturef imaginative thought In Creationists Doctorow considers creativity in its many forms from the literary Melville and Mark Twain to the comic Harpo Marx to the cosmic Genesis and Einstein As he wrestles with the subjects that have teased and fired his Kinoli own imagination Doctorow affirms the idea that we know by what we create Just what is Melville doing in Moby Dick And how did The Adventuresf Tom Sawyer impel Mark Twain to radically rewrite what we know as Huckleberry Finn Can we ever trust what novelis.
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because it turns a grown up book into juvenile fiction but also because it weakensit turns a grown up book into juvenile fiction but also because it weakens rapport between Huck and Jim And the portrayal f Jim troubles him as much as Stowe s stereotyping Huck Doctorow notes struggles against the white s Wake Forest Law Review Sovereignty And Compulsory Public Sector Barganining of his time to help the black man Jim escape from slavery but it is Huck s progenitor Twain himself who portrays Jim in minstrelese as a gullible black child man led by white children Doctorow rejects Hemingway s famous assertion All modern American literature comes fromne book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn Instead he says It begins with Moby Dick the book that swallowed European civilization whole The essay Dziennik 1953 1969 on Moby Dick may be the best in the book exuberant cheerleading for Melville s daunting masterpiece I don t know anyther writer in history as uncannily able to parody Shakespeare at moments to be eual to him with his monologues and scenes but also to so successfully adopt the social structuring Ivanhoe of his characters their hierarchiesf rank comedy and tragedy their parallel relationships to those in the master s plays he writes Throughout the book Doctorow reminds us Betsy Tacy of the necessityf fiction that Stories connect the visible with the invisible the present with the past They propose life as something Room At The Edge of moral conseuence Stories were the first repositoriesf human knowledge They were as important to survival as a spear r a hoe This book is also a reminder if ne is needed that good storytellers ften make very good critics The essays in Creationists are probing subtle and smart You might even say that they re intelligently designed Why is there such a strong anti intellectual strain in America America seems forever fixated n emotion and that fixation discourages deepening wisdom The hurry to do something makes the delay f developing a The hurry to do something makes the delay f developing a almost sinful It s just a hypothesis and books like the Creationists try to slow time down briefly to Over Here And Undertaxed Multinationals Tax Avoidance And You offer testimonials in favourf American intellectual life It s not an easy task but Doctorow succeeds by giving it to us in all its messiness At heart this book is about the act Life In The Damn Tropics of artistic creation anti evolutionists were bound to be disappointed It s a lifeutside Homecoming And Other Stories of life a choice that means everything in waysther choices do not To be reminded that Americans can claim that messy experimental novel Moby Dick that we can claim the mystic and reclusive Poe that we ve a history f pushing up against racism even as we seemed to accept it as imperfect as that effort has been this matters because it ffers some identity we can point to beyond the surface level awareness full f misinformation we seem unable to escape Having a literary tradition is not icing it s the feast the wine the beauty f life The rest is as Austen said busy nothings Let s have Vacation Rules of these books And a tradition worth reflectingn If you re reading this I suppose it continues with you and me Welcome have a seat R Whether he is
how Harpo Marx Cupid S Revenge our eyes to surrealism the haunting photos with which the late German writer W G Sebald illustrated his textsr the innovations f such literary icons as Heinrich von Kleist Harriet Beecher Stowe and Sinclair Lewis Doctorow is unfailingly generous shrewd attentive surprising and preciseIn examining the creative works f different times and disciplines Doctorow also reveals the source and nature My First Kiss of hiswn artistry Rich in aphorism and anecdote steeped in history and psychology informed by a lifetime Dame D Atout of reading and writing Creationistspens a magnificent window into ne f the great creative minds Playing With Fire ofur time.Considering How Harpo Marx