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Essays One Lydia Davis is one of my favorite writers smart, always interesting, thought provoking Her short and short short stories are clever, often funny, and stimulate my imagination And she is a superb translator Madame Bovary, Proust s Best Known For Her Short Stories And Translations, Davis S Also Writes Nonfiction In Essays I, Davis Has, For The First Time, Gathered A Selection Of Essays, Commentaries, And Lectures Composed Over The Past Five DecadesIn This First Of Two Volumes, Her Subjects Range From Her Earliest Influences To Her Favorite Short Stories, From John Ashbery S Translation Of Rimbaud To Alan Cote S Painting, And From The Shepherd S Psalm To Early Tourist Photographs A remarkable collection of essays by the brilliant prose writer Lydia Davis I recommend this book to those who write The first piece in the book The Practice of Writing is essential advice in choosing one s words correctly and economically Also pieces on translations, essay writing, history, and art criticism A brilliant cocktail of a book. A true treasure trove Terrific essays on under read visionaries like Blanchot, Mallarme, Joubert, Butor, and Leiris, plus some of the best practical writing advice I ve ever encountered. Goddamn, this is how it must have felt being the first person to read the King James Bible I am a massive atheist, but Lydia Davis s brain would be my religion, if I had to choose one. 1 Work on your character 2 Work on your handling of language so that you know what you re doing and can do it well and be in control 3 Know your language its words and phrases and idioms deeply through every kind of study of it 4 Say what you want to say without inhibition, in the way you want to say it, regardless of what other people might think but with sensitivity to the feelings of others 5 Work hard write a lot , and be patient Five cardinal rules, from Thirty Recomm 1 Work on your character 2 Work on your handling of language so that you know what you re doing and can do it well and be in control 3 Know your language its words and phrases and idioms deeply through every kind of study of it 4 Say what you want to say without inhibition, in the way you want to say it, regardless of what other people might think but with sensitivity to the feelings of others 5 Work hard write a lot , and be patient Five cardinal rules, from Thirty Recommendations for Good Writing Habits What a real delight I have not been this excited about buying a new book in years Reading this fat volume is like taking a private writing workshop with Lydia Davis I find myself immensely inspired and challenged I am re reading Artful Sentences by Virginia Tufte now, which Davis recommends, and feel like my mind is already sharpening and focusing as the year begins, all thanks to Davis s illuminating influence Highly recommended, especially to those who work with words This book contains several gems Lydia Davis, an accomplished writer and translator, who is best known for her flash fiction pieces, is a master at recognizing the magic in small events, daily observations and everyday interactions amongst ordinary people I spent considerable time reading through the sections of essays entitled The Practice of Writing In simple terms she shares many of the recommendations she has made to her own students She highly recommends that any student of writing rea This book contains several gems Lydia Davis, an accomplished writer and translator, who is best known for her flash fiction pieces, is a master at recognizing the magic in small events, daily observations and everyday interactions amongst ordinary people I spent considerable time reading through the sections of essays entitled The Practice of Writing In simple terms she shares many of the recommendations she has made to her own students She highly recommends that any student of writing read Artful Sentences by Virginia Tufte She is also a fan of keeping an active notebook in which many of her stories begin, though not all completed and says she can have several stories going at once, some laying dormant for considerable periods of times something I found reassurance in since it best describes the many stories that co exist in both my own notebook and head Regarding notebooks she has studied those of other writers and of Kafka she writes Kafka kept a notebook full of ideas for stories, beginnings of stories, complete stories, accounts of evenings spent with friends in cafes, and then also complaints about his family, landlady, neighbors, etc His complaints about his neighbors real noises on the other side of the wall became written fantasies about unreal people on the other side of the wall, A writer s notebook becomes a record, or the objectification of a mind There were several painters like Delacroix, who kept wonderful notebooks And then there were writers who never published anything else but their notebooks, like the eighteenth century Frenchman, Jospeh Joubert.Regarding endings to stories she suggests reading Elizabeth Hardwick s Sleepless Nights , Marguerite Duras s The War and The Lover , and Thomas Bernhard s Correction Endings she believes should contain surprises and or the stronger content of the story writing.As a master of flash fiction she sites other examples she respects and found inspiration from The Voice Imitator by Thomas Bernhard, and Novels in Three Lines by Felix Feneon translated by Luc Sante Another excellent example of this form is Lydia Davis s own Local Obits There are dozens other insights within the sections on the practice of writing.Other sections in the book which I briefly perused were dedicated to essays on Visual Artists Joan Mitchell and Alan Cote, and other essays on Writers , one of which on Lucia Berlin I thoroughly enjoyed.This is a large book one could spend countless hours pouring through That I borrowed this from the library and was reading other books at the same time I had a truncated amount of time to fully immerse my self yet I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next volume its title promises This was such a well written collection of essays about Lydia Davis experiences over decades Since she usually writes fiction, I was hesitant about this one, but was hooked after reading the first essay The writing is spectacular and I am hoping there is another volume being written lydia davis experiments with form are so curious she is so attentive as a writer i adore her for that here she reflects on writing translating i have a list of authors she references in these essays that I need to look up now want to read her translation of Madame Bovary i also can t wait to get my hands on a copy of Artful Sentences Syntax as Style b c her musings about the book intrigue me enough to want to do so i enjoy books by writers about writing specifically about the evol lydia davis experiments with form are so curious she is so attentive as a writer i adore her for that here she reflects on writing translating i have a list of authors she references in these essays that I need to look up now want to read her translation of Madame Bovary i also can t wait to get my hands on a copy of Artful Sentences Syntax as Style b c her musings about the book intrigue me enough to want to do so i enjoy books by writers about writing specifically about the evolution of their writing lucky for me this is book one of two I didn t entirely read this before my time was up and I had to return it to the library, but the parts about writing advice are excellent and highly recommended


About the Author: Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis, acclaimed fiction writer and translator, is famous in literary circles for her extremely brief and brilliantly inventive short stories In fall 2003 she received one of 25 MacArthur Foundation Genius awards In granting the award the MacArthur Foundation praised Davis s work for showing how language itself can entertain, how all that what one word says, and leaves unsaid, can hold a reader s interest Davis grants readers a glimpse of life s previously invisible details, revealing new sources of philosophical insights and beauty In 2013 She was the winner of the Man Booker International prize.Davis s recent collection, Varieties of Disturbance May 2007 , was featured on the front cover of the Los Angeles Times Book Review and garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly Her Samuel Johnson Is Indignant 2001 was praised by Elle magazine for its Highly intelligent, wildly entertaining stories, bound by visionary, philosophical, comic prose part Gertrude Stein, part Simone Weil, and pure Lydia Davis Davis is also a celebrated translator of French literature into English The French government named her a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her fiction and her distinguished translations of works by Maurice Blanchot, Pierre Jean Jouve, Michel Butor and others.Davis recently published a new translation the first inthan 80 years of Marcel Proust s masterpiece, Swann s Way 2003 , the first volume of Proust s In Search of Lost Time A story of childhood and sexual jealousy set in fin de siecle France, Swann s Way is widely regarded as one of the most important literary works of the 20th century.The Sunday Telegraph London called the new translation A triumph that will bring this inexhaustible artwork to new audiences throughout the English speaking world Writing for the Irish Times, Frank Wynne said, What soars in this new version is the simplicity of language and fidelity to the cambers of Proust s prose Davis translation is magnificent, precise Davis s previous works include Almost No Memory stories, 1997 , The End of the Story novel, 1995 , Break It Down stories, 1986 , Story and Other Stories 1983 , and The Thirteenth Woman stories, 1976.Grace Paley wrote of Almost No Memory that Lydia Davis is the kind of writer who makes you say, Oh, at last brains, language, energy, a playfulness with form, and what appears to be a generous nature The collection was chosen as one of the 25 Favorite Books of 1997 by the Voice Literary Supplement and one of the 100 Best Books of 1997 by the Los Angeles Times Davis first received serious critical attention for her collection of stories, Break It Down, which was selected as a finalist for the PEN Hemingway Award The book s positive critical reception helped Davis win a prestigious Whiting Writer s Award in 1988.She is the daughter of Robert Gorham Davis and Hope Hale Davis From 1974 to 1978 Davis was married to Paul Auster, with whom she has a son, Daniel Auster Davis is currently married to painter Alan Cote, with whom she has a son, Theo Cote She is a professor of creative writing at University at Albany, SUNY.Davis is considered hugely influential by a generation of writers including Jonathan Franzen, David Foster Wallace and Dave Eggers, who once wrote that she blows the roof off of so many of our assumptions about what constitutes short fiction.


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