Monthly Archives: October 2011

On Zusak, Gadhafi and Surprise

An unexpected ludicrous moment, a twist into tragedy, a flash of tenderness:  surprise by a character is a crucial element of a riveting story.  Speaking yesterday at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, Marcus  Zusak discussed this as well as describing how he wrote multiple drafts of The Book Thief, trying out different narrators as he worked to understand… Continue Reading

And Then There Were Three

No fault of the chicken gynecologist’s, but Meg didn’t make it.  She’d seemed much better shortly after the stuck egg removal by Nik and bathtub treatment by Diana, but then she worsened steadily over the next couple of days.  Desperate stabs at word combinations on Google finally yielded a diagnosis that perfectly matched her symptoms: … Continue Reading

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