marioLEVRERO_6august0009_ivanBRAVE What do gazebos symbolize in dreams? What’s the last dream you had about your childhood?
In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing” 10. What Are You Afraid Of? I am afraid of answering this question. I am afraid of answering any of the “Overcoming Adversity” questions. I am afraid of uploading my answer to this blog. […]
ivanBRAVE_La Albiceleste3_1200 ¿Será Semis un renovado héroe, un nuevo cosmos, un hombre redentor?
Today’s exercise comes from a Writer’s Digest article by Brian Klems, where he gives 12-days of writing exercises. This is day-6’s exercise: “Select a book on your shelf and pick two chapters at random. Take the first line of one chapter and the last line of the other chapter and […]
ivanBRAVE_ADirgeToLove_4 In this post we see the narrator rebound, writhe in despair, and sing his heart out. What would you do with a broken heart?
marioLEVRERO_5august2228_ivanBRAVE D’Arienzo was one of the foremost tango conductors/composers of the last century. Here is a clip at his best: (notice the strength of the down beat, BUM BUM BUM)
ivanBRAVE_twentysomething_ending I’ve ridden miles and miles on Greyhound. Once, on the way back to Austin, I met a man who had been in Huntsville Prison for twenty years. He had left an impression on me, to such a degree, that I tried to capture as much of our […]
ivanBRAVE_La Albiceleste2_500 What do you think will happen next to these two fulanos?
Writers, does writing come easy, or is it hard? Either way, I’m sure you’d prefer it to come naturally. … Today’s writing exercise comes from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, a book with 12-weeks of exercises to get yourself unblocked, and write (/be creative) naturally. She calls the exercise “Forbidden […]
ivanBRAVE_ADirgeToLove_3 What ought he do next?
marioLEVRERO_5august1802_ivanBRAVE To paraphrase Levrero, pay attention to the time of the entry: it is important. Hint, he usually woke up in the afternoon.
ivanBRAVE_DoesSantaCry_900words Deep in the heart of downtown Hanoi, I walked down to the hostel lounge for some cheap breakfast. There, among a handful of hungover backpackers, I turned to what I thought would be the next empty page in my moleskin notebook. What I found, at the top left corner […]
ivanBRAVE_La Albiceleste1_1300 The beginning. Will there be redemption? Follow failed soccer star Semis, and teenage dreamer Zulema, on their journey to fulfill their destiny. El principio. ¿Habrá redención? Sigue a Semis, un excampeón de futbol, y a Zulema, una adolecente soñadora, en sus caminos a cumplir sus destinos.
Click here for PDF –_Practice Perspective This semester I enrolled in Susan Bell’s Fiction Workshop. It runs like most MFA workshops–write material, present it to a classroom of peers, and then a week later listen to their comments/critiques. Bell’s class however, unlike other workshops, has two twists: the first […]
Click here for PDF — A Dirge to Love (Part 2) Where do you think the story will go? Share your reaction as a comment.
Click here for PDF –_5august0313 This reading is best enjoyed after reading Levrero’s Preface. So please check out last week’s translation post first. Hope you enjoy. Have you read the original? How do you remember it? I am very interested in Translation in theory and in practice, […]
(“rare” “literally” “literary”) Little rare gems, gladly listening to lore, glisten literally to scripture, wiping Friar Lawrence clean of literary literature.
Click here for a PDF — A Short Story in Five Tenses As an exercise for my wonderful English students at New York Language Center, I asked them to write the final page, all sentences in future tense. It takes a lot of concentration to not run through prose. […]
Click here for the PDF — A Dirge to Love (Part 1) While studying for the GRE, I encountered a slew of unfamiliar, redundant, archaic, overwrought, and beautiful new vocabulary. In an effort to remember the words, and have a little fun, I wrote a lyrical narrative using all […]
Click here for PDF — Mario Levrero’s The Luminous Novel (Preface) Above you will find my translation for Levrero’s preface to his 564-page book, The Luminous Novel. Below you can read the letter I attach to all my proposals to agents and publishing houses that specialize in translated work. […]