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  • STORYTELLING = WORLD-BUILDING

    STORYTELLING = WORLD-BUILDING

    An excerpt from my undergrad thesis on using visual thinking techniques for prose fiction.


  • MAPS OF FICTIONAL WORLDS

    MAPS OF FICTIONAL WORLDS

    Maps of Lynda Barry’s CRUDDY, Donald Ray Pollock’s KNOCKEMSTIFF, and David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS.


  • MAP OF TWIN PEAKS BY DAVID LYNCH

    MAP OF TWIN PEAKS BY DAVID LYNCH

    Before showing the pilot script of Twin Peaks to ABC executives, David Lynch drew a map to give them an idea of where the action would unfold.


  • LYNDA BARRY’S GIRLS + BOYS & EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD

    LYNDA BARRY’S GIRLS + BOYS & EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD

    Excerpts from Lynda Barry’s two comic strip collections, GIRLS AND BOYS and EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD.


  • WITH THE FUTURE BEHIND YOU, AND THE PAST IN FRONT

    WITH THE FUTURE BEHIND YOU, AND THE PAST IN FRONT

    Thoughts on time, backwards narrative, and a tribe of people in the high Andes who see the future as behind them and the past ahead of them…


  • DRAW YOURSELF A MAP

    DRAW YOURSELF A MAP

    I was on the phone one day with my friend Brandon. Brandon’s a writer, been a serious one for a lot longer than I have, so whenever I get him in a conversation, I drop a little, “So what’re you working on?” question somewhere in the middle of things, a little bait, to see if […]


  • A LITERARY MORNING

    A LITERARY MORNING

    Around 10, I stopped in at Mac’s Backs, and bought the new BELIEVER BOOK OF WRITERS TALKING TO WRITERS, as well as the second issue of BCR to show the writing group tomorrow night. Suzanne had just opened and nobody was around, so we started chatting and I showed her Kenneth Koch’s work in BCR, […]


  • THE WRITER AS CARTOGRAPHER

    THE WRITER AS CARTOGRAPHER

    (from HARPER’S, June 2005) I’ve been taken lately with maps and storytelling. It started at Cambridge, where I did these rough “psychological” maps of London in Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend, continued during my senior project, and it got started again when I read a book called Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer. In […]



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