Author Archive | Peter Pollak

Two Four-Star Novels

I recently read Andre Dubus III, The Garden of Last Days (2008) and Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island (2003) in preparation for hearing both authors speak at the Eckerd College Writers Conference that starts this coming weekend.  Each deserves four stars on a scale where four means very, very good, but not one of the top […]

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Genre versus Literary Fiction: The Debate Goes On

In a blog post entitled “Me and Science Fiction: Genre Fiction,” (posted on 9/16/13 on Strange Horizons website), Eleanor Arnason takes issue with Arthur Krystal’s October 2012 piece in the New Yorker magazine entitled “It’s Genre: Not That There’s Anything Wrong With It“. Arthur Krystal’s central point is that what separates literary from genre fiction […]

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How Not To Make New Year’s Resolutions & My Writing Goals for 2014

If you missed my past blog posts on this theme, I hope you’ll give this one a read. The problem with most resolutions is that they’re typically open-ended. “I resolve to lose weight in 2014.” That kind of resolution is doomed to fail because it lacks a target and a time period. Better is: “I […]

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