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Stories Thick and Thin

A story which fails to satisfy is said to be “thin.” This implies that there is a thickness or density of fictional effect – a sense of gravitas – that we find desirable as readers and need to achieve as writers. But how? And of what does this density consist? One answer would be that…
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Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

Gore Vidal: even the name was wonderful. For a satirist, it seems almost too apt, though a satirist was only one of the roles Vidal assumed in a long, vastly prolific, and extraordinarily varied literary career. His full name was Eugene Luther Gore Vidal, “Gore” signalling his connection to a noted American political family of…
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