Category Archives: For a new novel

Old, eccentric, tuo zio

The Hypnerotomachia Poliphiliis thought to be by Franceso Colonna, is considered one of the most beautiful books ever published, and also the most bizarre and inscrutable. It is an astounding example of bravura typography only half a century after Gutenberg, … Continue reading

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The basic fundamental basics of fundamental basics

There are a great many things people natter about where novels are concerned. When the covers are closed and the monthly meeting of the book club has finished the chocolate cake and the discussion is about to begin, two topics … Continue reading

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The reader’s responsibility to the writer

One: An author with no readers is silent Communication is a two-ended process. Message sent, message received. Inevitably garbled and noisy, as Claude Shannon showed in the 40s. Clear communication is impossible. What we take as clear is the result … Continue reading

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