Katherine Addison

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A pseudonym of Sarah Monette. Both Sarah and Katherine are on Twitter as @pennyvixen. Katherine reviews nonfiction. Sarah reviews fiction. Fair warning: I read very little fiction these days.

Sarah/Katherine was born and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the three secret cities of the Manhattan Project.

She got her B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Despite being summa cum laude, none of her degrees is of the slightest use to her in either her day job or her writing, which she feels is an object lesson for us all.

She currently lives near Madison, Wisconsin.
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Review: Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon (2017)

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book tells a number of different stories. There's the story of the murders of Mollie Burkhardt's family, the story of the FBI investigation of those murders (and the story of that megalomaniac J. Edgar Hoover and the creation of the FBI), and then the story of the journalist who sta Read more of this blog post »
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Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert KolkerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars[library]Don and Mimi Galvin had twelve children, te Read more of this blog post »
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Don and Mimi Galvin had twelve children, ten boys and two girls (in that order) Six of the ten boys developed schizophrenia (or another severe mental illness, the speculation that one brother might actually be bipolar gets kicked around the
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Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
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This book tells a number of different stories. There's the story of the murders of Mollie Burkhardt's family, the story of the FBI investigation of those murders (and the story of that megalomaniac J. Edgar Hoover and the creation of the FBI), and th ...more
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Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
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[library]
Don and Mimi Galvin had twelve children, ten boys and two girls (in that order) Six of the ten boys developed schizophrenia (or another severe mental illness, the speculation that one brother might actually be bipolar gets kicked around the
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Don and Mimi Galvin had twelve children, ten boys and two girls (in that order) Six of the ten boys developed schizophrenia (or another severe mental illness, the speculation that one brother might actually be bipolar gets kicked around the
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The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
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I have, first of all, a beef with Mr. Truby. At an early point in the book, he says, literally parenthetically, "I'm going to assume that the main character is male, simply because it's easier for me to write that way" (40). And he does. Throughout t ...more
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On Writing Well by William Zinsser
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This is a book on writing nonfiction, but the first part, which is about the mechanics of writing, is applicable to fiction as well and is full of good advice. Zinsser wrote it to be a companion to Strunk & White, and it's much less dictatorial in to ...more
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Meander, Spiral, Explode by Jane Alison
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This is a book looking at alternatives to Aristotle, which I'm always in favor of. (Aristotle, in this case, being the Poetics and the rising action-climax-falling action pattern that we're taught to expect our narratives to take.) Alison looks at na ...more
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Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster
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I regret not coming across this book sooner, for I find it delightful. I disagree with Forster about almost everything, but such is the pleasure of listening to him talk about books he loves that I don't mind.

I don't know that I would call it useful,
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Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular by Lawrence Rust Hills
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I was a lot less impressed with Mr. Hills than he seemed to be with himself, but then I don't actually think the "literary short story" is the be-all and end-all of creative writing.

He said three things I liked.

1. "Most of the playwright's theories a
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“ 'In our inmost and secret heart, which you ask us to bare to you, we wish to banish them as we were banished, to a cold and lonely house, in the charge of a man who hated us. And we wish them trapped there as we were trapped.'

'You consider that unjust, Serenity?'

'We consider it cruel,' Maia said. 'And we do not think that cruelty is ever just.' ”
Katherine Addison, The Goblin Emperor

“He remembered the moment when his thoughts had inverted themselves—that shift from not being able to please everyone to not trying—and the way that change had enabled him to see past the maneuverings and histrionics of the representatives to the deeper structures of the problem; it was the same with the Corazhas.”
Katherine Addison, The Goblin Emperor

“I love thee still.”
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