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Magic Hours by Tom Bissell
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Nov 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: essays, favorites, to-read-again, writing, non-fiction, reviewed

This is upsetting: I wrote a review here, about an hour ago. It's gone. I wrote the whole thing, clicked save down there at the bottom and ...

What have I learned from this? In future I will write reviews in a word processor or text editor and save them; then, I will cut and paste them here. This is a very frustrating experience: first, because I don't like writing reviews about collections--whether of essays or short stories or poems. My mind tries to go too many ways, even when, as in this collection, there is clear connection between the individual works.

Bissell connects his essays with the theme of the creator and the act of creating, whether that is in film, TV, fiction or video games. I'll confess that I did not read that essay: i.e. "The Invisible Girl," because I have no interest in video games or in how they are made.

The essays I most enjoyed are: "The Theory and Practice of Not Giving a Shit," in which Bissell visits the author, Jim Harrison (Legends of the Fall) and "Writing about Writing about Writing."

Harrison has the persona of the gifted artist; that special person who has been touched by the Nine Muses, maybe he has. There is a definite agon, here, with Hemingway, et al; it could be fun to look at Harrison in light of Harold Bloom's Anxiety of Influence.

Well, sadly, that's about all I can recall from my earlier attempt.

I do look forward to reading more of Tom Bissell's work, which I'll approach with curiosity and pleasure.
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Reading Progress

November 18, 2012 – Shelved
November 20, 2012 – Started Reading
November 27, 2012 –
0.0% "Reading this one scattered, too. I almost never read books of essays from front to back. I know I probably should because the authors have taken time to put them in that order, but...."
November 28, 2012 –
November 28, 2012 – Shelved as: essays
November 28, 2012 – Shelved as: favorites
November 28, 2012 – Shelved as: to-read-again
November 28, 2012 – Shelved as: writing
November 28, 2012 – Shelved as: non-fiction
December 11, 2012 – Finished Reading
January 4, 2013 – Shelved as: reviewed

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