Tuesday, July 12, 2022

10 (ok, 12) Writers I Read in College, Then Never Again & Why Not

Anthony Trollope, too many books


John Milton, too lovey-dovey with Satan


Samuel Pepys, too much gossip about people I haven’t met


Alexander Pope, too rhymey


William Makepeace Thackeray, too sharp


William Wordsworth, too flowery


William Faulkner, too many words


William Blake, too ambiguous; experienced or innocent…which the F is it?


William Carlos Williams, too William-y


Matthew Arnold...though I remain eager to publish my undergrad story about a frat party, title inspired by “Dover Beach”: “Where Ignorant Armies Clash by Night”


Jonathan Swift…though I continue to nod in pleased recognition at every newspaper op-ed reference to “A Modest Proposal”


Thomas Hardy…though I don’t know why not; I loved his books back then! Maybe too far from the literary crowd these days??

NOTE: I'm taking a summer break from writer interviews and am just going to have FUN with this blog for a month or so.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.