The World Split Open Since Literary Arts has welcomed many of the world s most renowned authors and storytellers to its stage for one of the country s largest lectures series Sold out crowds congregate at Portland s

  • Title: The World Split Open
  • Author: Margaret Atwood Wallace Stegner Edward P. Jones Ursula K. Le Guin MarilynneRobinson
  • ISBN: 9781935639961
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since 1984, Literary Arts has welcomed many of the world s most renowned authors and storytellers to its stage for one of the country s largest lectures series Sold out crowds congregate at Portland s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to hear these writers discuss their work and their thoughts on the trajectory of contemporary literature and culture In celebration of LiterarSince 1984, Literary Arts has welcomed many of the world s most renowned authors and storytellers to its stage for one of the country s largest lectures series Sold out crowds congregate at Portland s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to hear these writers discuss their work and their thoughts on the trajectory of contemporary literature and culture In celebration of Literary Arts 30 year anniversary, A Literary Arts Readers collects highlights from the series in a single volume Whether it s Wallace Stegner exploring how we use fiction to make sense of life or Ursula K Le Guin on where ideas come from, Margaret Atwood on the need for complex female characters or Robert Stone on morality and truth in literature, Edward P Jones on the role of imagination in historical novels or Marilynne Robinson on the nature of beauty, these essays illuminate not just the world of letters but the world at large.

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    1. I've always enjoyed listening to writers talking about their work and learning more about the writing process from the experts. This collection of talks by writers at Portland's (US) Literary Arts includes presentations over more than a twenty year period, from ten writers (some unknown to me). As in any collection, each presentation is likely to interest some listeners (or readers) more than others. The ones I found most fascinating were those by Chimanda Adiche (who talks about the importance [...]

    2. This collection of lectures and essays is uneven, but the opening piece by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie alone justifies its publication. Adichie's mesmerising novel Americanah was one of the standout reads of 2014, and this reflection on writing, childhood, postcolonial politics, academia and life in general makes me want to read everything she's ever written and then take her out for drinks to just listen to her talk. She is one of the luminescent minds of our time.

    3. An interesting collection from a wide variety of authors. Mostly transcriptions from presentations, which gives it a different feel. Some essays were more appealing to me than others, but that's pretty much par for the course with collections.

    4. I read books on the craft of writing a lot since I am on the road to publication. This is a book of lectures these authors gave. Unfortunately, it didn't move me much. I did, however, find the lecture by Edward P. Jones very interesting. I'm glad I got this from the library and didn't buy. Hate to say it, but it was disappointing.

    5. This is a wonderful little book for readers who are interested in what writers have to say about their craft, published to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the non-profit organization Literary Arts in Oregon. Tin House Books has put together a collection of ten lectures delivered on the Portland Arts and Lecture stage by authors who discuss why good literature matters, both in their own personal lives and in the world at large. The collection comes from presentations given during the years 1999 [...]

    6. The world would "split open" if we told the truth about ourselves. We write stories to share the truth about ourselves. We read fiction to learn the truth about ourselves."For those who want to live in a deeper, funnier, wilder, more troubled, more colorful, more interesting way, the way in which not only writing matters but also has beauty, memory, politics, family, and everything else, put on your reading glasses and turn the page. Your people have something to tell you"This book rebuts the cl [...]

    7. This collection opens with an essay by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which was the text of a talk I saw her give at Seattle Arts & Lectures in 2012. I was entranced at the time, and enjoyed reading it again to be transported into the house where the author grew up in Nigeria. The book is an assortment of essays about writing by famous writers though the individual topics are quite different. My favorites were those by Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, and Ursula K. LeGuin. If you're a literary sor [...]

    8. Overall, somewhat disappointed. I admit, I bought the book without checking the contents very closely. Most of these essays are from the 1990s — which doesn't mean they can't be good, relevant, etc. But the collection is very uneven. Different people will, no doubt, have their own favorites. Mine were Adiche, Atwood, and Doctorow. Russell Banks was okay. I couldn't warm to the rest.

    9. Chimamanda Adichie, Robert Stone and Jeanette Winterson's essays were my favorites. I should have underlined, lots of good stuff here.

    10. Came across this book on a shelf of literary criticism in Kramerbooks in DC. It is not at all like one's first reaction when hearing "literary criticism". You, like me, may therefore be pleased. I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed works by any of the authors whose talks are included - you will enjoy hearing what they have to say about fiction, What Art Is For, and How One Gets Ideas. I would recommend it to anyone who aspires to writing - there is much to learn from these wise [...]

    11. Actually read the Kindle edition, but never mind. Reading about why writing--and fiction--matter by some of my favorite novelists? What could be better? Margaret Atwood, Wallace Stegner, Ursula K. LeGuin? "e way to make an object in fiction exist is to have it worked upon by another object. What makes things come into being is their transaction.""To say that realistic fiction is by definition superior to imaginative fiction is to imply that imitation is superior to invention.""Truth in art is no [...]

    12. Literary Arts, a resource for Oregon writers, was set up in 1984 to honor local literature: “the fruits of the local imagination are a resource on par with Douglas fir trees and marionberries, something to cultivate and protect,” the founders insisted. This collection gathers together some of the finest Portland Arts and Lectures talks. A couple of them, from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Jeanette Winterson, echoed ideas I’ve heard them talk about in person. Adichie tells about reading Chin [...]

    13. My Review: I have always been fascinated with writers and their writing process. When I read a story I often wonder what went through the writers minds while they were composing. As readers we often glean what we think the writers meant. Are they making a political statement? What hidden meanings are underlying the words that are on the page?The World Split Open is a book of essays by different writers. In this book they talk about the writing process and how they get their ideas among many othe [...]

    14. I received this book through ' First reads program.The World Split Open is a collection of essays (and transcriptions of speeches) about why people write fiction (written by various fiction authors). As is often the case with collections of this type, the topics and the readability/enjoyability of the essays varies.One of the largest obstacles in reading this collection was the apparent need of some authors to define "legitimate" fiction, often at the expense of other authors within the collecti [...]

    15. As other reviewers have mentioned, there are definitely a few standouts in this collection of essays about writing: Adichie, Doctorow, and Jones were by far my favorites. Taken as a whole, these pieces offer not only a view into why these writers write, but some useful themes for any practicing or aspiring writer to reflect on themselves - place as a metaphor for identity, or the role of imagination in transforming history into fiction. Understanding the engines beneath the hoods of these variou [...]

    16. This book first caught my eye as I was doing online research on Jeanette Winterson and her writing on adoption. When I saw that she was included in this compilation (although the presentation she gave for the Portland Literary Arts series has nothing to do with her birth-story), I had to have it. I thought it was a nice bit of serendipity to come across the collection, as the Arts & Lecture series plays a small part in the first Mata Morrow Mystery series.All of the contributions in the book [...]

    17. Some speeches I loved, some I found more boring, and each was unexpected. So many great stories to be told in these pages. All of them made me think - of writing, of reading, and of humanity. Here's one of my favorite quotes:From "On Beauty" - My theory of narrative as a fundamental act of consciousness implies to me that paranoia might be entrapment in a bad narrative, and depression may be the inability to sustain narrative.To see the rest of what I thought, and read a couple more of my favori [...]

    18. It's kind of hard to rate a collection of short stories (or poems) at the best of times. Harder still, when they are written by a collection of authors. I was a little disappointed with this collection and felt that some of the essays were a lot more roundabout /convoluted than they needed to be. Some of the essays left me wondering what point the writers were trying to make. That being said, I really enjoyed the pieces by Chimamanda Adichie and Jeanette Winterson and definitely intend to read s [...]

    19. Though each of these authors makes a wonderful contribution, my favorites are the speeches given by Ursula K. LeGuin, Marilynne Robinson, and Jeanette Winterson. This collection is a balm for the soul chafed raw by the uncaring industrial, capitalist world that intrudes and imposes itself on us constantly. If we learn our lessons from these masters, we can hopefully endeavor more succesfully to resist and refuse the cold mechanical claws that only try to rip away the dreams and imagination which [...]

    20. If you read only one essay from this diverse collection, make it Ursula K. LeGuin's "Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?" Some quotes from the piece:"Fiction results from imagination working on experience." (p. 101)"To say that realistic fiction is by definition superior to imaginative fiction is to imply that imitation is superior to invention." (p. 103)"Truth in art is not imitation, but reincarnation." (p. 105)"Reading is an active transaction between the text and the reader." (p. 106)

    21. A truly inspiring book and a peek into how some of the best writers of our time write. My favourite contributor was Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who was born in Nigeria. I loved her story and her way of telling stories. Other Contributing authors are: Margaret Atwood,Russell Banks,E. L. Doctorow, Edward P. Jones, Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, Marilynne Robinson, Wallace Stegner, Robert Stone, Jeanette Winterson and Jonathan Raymond.

    22. 3.5 Very interesting collection of essays of writers on writing fiction. My favorites were Russell Banks on fiction and screenplays (Affliction, The Sweet Hereafter) and the essay by Wallace Stegner. I need to reread Crossing to Safety! Marilynne Robinson's essay on Beauty was a bit too esoteric for me, but interesting nonetheless.

    23. The ten lectures collected herein explore the great abstractions, and many do so well. Adichie, Atwood, Le Guin, Robinson, and Stegner are particularly notable, though Robinson has, by far and not surprisingly, the most sophisticated--and study-worthy--diction. This volume contains some fine writers doing some fine thinking and requires it of readers as well.

    24. The essays in Split Open take a more philosophical approach to art, where I was hoping for the authors to relate their personal experience in terms of inspiration and method. Granted, it says as much in the title with the use of the pronoun "we" instead of "they." Overall, not a bad collection by any means, just not exactly what I expected.

    25. Some of the essays in this volume merit five stars - Atwood's, Stegner's, and Winterson's, for sure, because they are wise about writing, of course, but also about living and seeing. Atwood's has the further distinction of being hilariously funny. I read a library copy, but the book's a keeper, one you want on the shelves to read again and think about freshly.

    26. Generally interesting essays. I didn't read them all, as I hadn't the time. Best part? Ursula K. Le Guin's thoughts on imaginative fiction.

    27. Some inspiring, thought provoking pieces in here. There were also a couple of meandering pieces, and I feel particularly sorry for the people who had to listen to the Marilynne Robinson talk - I couldn't even finish reading it.

    28. B A lot of these essays depressed me a bit because what am I doing? Of course I want to write more but how can I with a FT job/ultrarunning/RDing/etc? Need to change some stuff. The essays were not always as inspirational to me as a writer, but some interesting.

    29. These essays on the writing process and the nature of inspiration are a kind of hit and miss affair. I love the essays by Le Guin and Doctorow. The essay by Russell Banks is also a pleasant surprise.

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