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Richard Weems

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Richard Weems is the author of Anything He Wants, winner of the Spire Fiction Award and finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award, as well as the collections Stark Raving Blue and From Now On, You're Back. He is also the author of the Cheap Stories eBook series. His stories have appeared in North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, Other Voices, The Mississippi Review, and other publications.
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New story up at Aquifer, from The Florida Review: an afterlife of decapitated heads: The Beheaded.
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“Not-writing is a good deal worse than writing.”
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“Fiction is about everything human and we are made out of dust, and if you scorn getting yourself dusty, then you shouldn't try to write fiction. It's not a grand enough job for you.”
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“[Six principles that make for a good story:] 1. Absence of lengthy verbiage of a political-social-economic nature; 2. total objectivity; 3. truthful descriptions of persons and objects; 4. extreme brevity; 5. audacity and originality: flee the stereotype; 6. compassion.”
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Rainer Maria Rilke
“Just as the creative artist is not allowed to choose, neither is he permitted to turn his back on anything: a single refusal, and he is cast out of the state of grace and becomes sinful all the way through.”
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Richard Yo, Amy. Yes, I know about Katakuris--have seen it and am quite fond. It's a film from the golden age of Takashi Miike--around the time of DOA (the first one) and Ichi the Killer. Its a rip-off of a Korean film, of course--Quiet Family--though the original isn't quite as goofy.

But its damn good to hear from you, Meng. All is well here, though hectic. Happiness in busyness, you could say.

Yours,
Weems



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Amy Dear Weems:

I know this comment is not related to books or reading, but it is related to ridiculous Japanese movies, so I figured it was roughly equivalent.

I just heard of this movie, which you have probably seen-- "The Happiness of the Katakuris". It's by Takashi Miike (obviously, "Audition" and "Ichi the Killer"). The cover image I saw for it has a happy Japanese family on the center, and demented claymation figures eating people on the sides. Everytime I see something like this (e.g. "Jesus Christ Vampire Slayer", "Zombie Strippers", etc.) I feel compelled to mark the movie for potential viewing, and to tell you about it. Now I can rest easy knowing that I've mentioned all three (real) films to you. Hope you're doing well-- I haven't been in contact for a while, and this is more convenient than e-mail.

Best,
Amy


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