Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Quote of the Day

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Written by nevalalee

January 25, 2013 at 7:30 am

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  1. I first read a few lines of Carol Ann Duffy in a bookstore recently, and she was so good that I thought, “Oh dang, now I have to go kill this lady.”


    January 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm

  2. It’s something like the uncanny valley. I can happily read writers whose work has nothing in common with mine, but when we’re essentially playing the same game…not so much.


    January 26, 2013 at 11:54 am

  3. The uncanny valley – that’s exactly what it is! If they are already dead then they are “precursors” and sources of allusion, but living literary shadows are danged uncomfortable (especially when they are superior to oneself).


    February 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  4. It’s especially strong when they’re your own age, or, grrr, younger than you are.


    February 14, 2013 at 10:52 am

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