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EE goes on hiatus

EE is going on indefinite hiatus.  Read through these comments over at Donigan Merritt’s blog if you’d like to know why.

Long story short: I’ve got work to do.  The manuscript requires finishing, and all my efforts, spare and otherwise.  I enjoy the hell out of writing this blog but it is rather a samsaric activity.  It requires a prodigious amount of time to be done well and that’s the only way to do it.

So, for now, onwards and upwards with the manuscript.  To wit:

The horse-drawn tram has vanished, and so will the trolley, and some eccentric Berlin writer in the twenties of the twenty-first century, wishing to portray our time, will go to a museum of technological history and locate a hundred-year-old streetcar, yellow, uncouth, with old-fashioned curved seats, and in a museum of old costumes dig up a black, shiny-buttoned conductor’s uniform.  Then he will go home and compile a description of Berlin streets in bygone days.  Everything, every trifle, will be valuable and meaningful: the conductor’s purse, the advertisement over the window, that peculiar jolting motion which our great-grandchildren will perhaps imagine – everything will be ennobled and justified by its age.

I think that here lies the sense of literary creation: to portray ordinary objects as they will be reflected in the kindle mirrors of future times; to find in the objects around us the fragrant tenderness that only posterity will discern and appreciate in the far-off times when every trifle of our plain everyday life will become exquisite and festive in its own right: the times when a man who might put on the most ordinary jacket of today will be dressed up for and elegant masquerade.

– Vladimir Nabokov (from “A Guide to Berlin”)

Off for the holidays – happy new year, everyone

Going to spend the next few weeks with the scioness, the scioness’s mom, and The Manuscript That Will Not Obey. Be back next year. If you’ve stopped by in the meantime, there are short stories (cough, cough) below and to the right. Below those, I’ve also added 10 Favorite Feeds and a whole bunch of new blog and website links. Have a look around, happy holidays, and happy new year.