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Rebecca Schuman Self-deception! I am a master self-deceiver. I say to myself: "I'm just going to open up this document and look at it. I don't have to type a word.…moreSelf-deception! I am a master self-deceiver. I say to myself: "I'm just going to open up this document and look at it. I don't have to type a word. Just open it and count to ten." By nine, I always see something I want to fix or elaborate on or finish. On really uninspired days, I give myself a very short word-count goal to just eke out: 500, 200, 100, sometimes even 50. The key is to write a consistent amount every day. It adds up like crazy. This may sound asinine, but I'm 40 years old, I've been a professional writer since I was 17, and I have never missed a single deadline.(less)
Rebecca Schuman Great question! Kafka has, of course, always been my muse, but nowadays I consider him my muse thematically and not stylistically. There's a whole…moreGreat question! Kafka has, of course, always been my muse, but nowadays I consider him my muse thematically and not stylistically. There's a whole chapter in SCHADENFREUDE about my days of blatantly ripping off his style but not his substance, and I really hope that I've reversed course in intervening years!

I think what inspires me to write (and I hope that most of the time it's well, or reasonably well!) is that it's the best way I communicate, not just to others, but also to myself. My mind is a swirling vortex a lot of the time, and putting things out on paper (metaphorically; I don't write longhand ever, it aggravates my Carpal Tunnel syndrome worse than typing) helps me calm the chaos.

I've been writing nonstop since I was a little kid, and one of the reasons for this is that as a kid, I was not popular or cool, and when the cool-and-popular kids were exchanging barbs or "funny" lines, I was always, like, that kid who's ten beats behind with a SUPER GOOD line, but since it's ten beats behind, everyone just sort of looks at her like, "Oh, I feel so bad for you, trying so hard." With writing, you have a little more time to work out a good line, a sweet burn, a funny bit, and so writing has always helped me be the clever person I've always hoped to be. Still waiting on "cool and popular," though. (less)
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Schadenfreude, A Love Story by Rebecca Schuman
"The rare and viciously coveted five stars from my lizard brain. Jarring and rabidly hilarious. For a sizable part of the book, it felt like Schuman was eavesdropping in my sad, volcanic memories of love and literature. 😭"
Schadenfreude, A Love Story by Rebecca Schuman
"I'm sure the Germans have some clever compound word that works better and is more evocative than "funny and un-putdownable," but English I am stuck with, and so I'll do my best in English. Schadenfreude is a laugh-out-loud funny book about the que..." Read more of this review »
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"If one should obey the command given in Proposition 7of Wittgenstein's "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus" (TLP): "whereof one cannot speak one must pass over in silence", then the best picture of that Tractarian silence is a vacant "review" field. (..." Read more of this review »
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