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I enjoyed some of these essays than others, but what all of them had in common was that I really liked Bissell s writing style That combined with the theme of creativity and creators really inspired me to want to begin writing again I ve been craving writing time for days now I probably most appreciated A Simple Medium and Invisible Girl, but many others had interesting thoughts to contemplate It took me a while, but I m glad I finished it.
Award Winning Essayist Tom Bissell Explores The Highs And Lows Of The Creative Process He Takes Us From The Set Of The Big Bang Theory To The First Novel Of Ernest Hemingway To The Final Work Of David Foster Wallace From The Films Of Werner Herzog To The Film Of Tommy Wiseau To The Editorial Meeting In Which Paula Fox S Work Was Relaunched Into The World originally Published In Magazines Such As The Believer, The New Yorker, And Harper S, These Essays Represent Ten Years Of Bissell S Best Writing On Every Aspect Of Creation Be It Iraq War Documentaries Or Video Game Character Voices And Will Provoke As Much Thought As They Do LaughterWhat Are Sitcoms For Exactly Can Art Be Both Bad And Genius Why Do Some books Survive And Others Vanish Bissell S Exploration Of These Questions Make For Gripping, Unforgettable Reading a new imprint of mcsweeney s, believer books 2 gripes, the font is terrible, and there is no index, come on, we need an index mcsweeneys , has this collection from bissell, collecting about 12 years of essays taken mostly from mainstream mags harpers, new yorker, new york times book review, believer, outside etc and many of these are about tv shows and movies, which i skipped for the most part, though the overview of herzog is pretty fantastic and the thoughts about david foster wallace and his kenyon graduation speech almost made me cry bho hho i like bissell though, he is wide eyed country type, but brave, and fresh ish in his interpretations of art, politics, travel, and literature i first read his books about aral sea, and father of all things about vietnam vets his dad ma A bit of an inconsistent collection, if only because all the pieces were written over 12 years for different magazines and different audiences The piece about Jeff Daniels s opus Escanaba in da Moonlight has a predictable kick your hometown in the nuts sort of feel but Bissell can turn a phrase masterfully and keeps it interesting My favorite chapter is the one called Writing About Writing About Writing where he takes various self help authors to the woodshed in a masterfully bitchy way There are other outstanding long essays involving people like Jim Harrison and Robert Kaplan, who Bissell fairly convincingly prosecutes for being both a shitty writer and a cold hearted warmonger Even the bits of literary criticism are worthy, although after a re read Boy, do I love Tom Bissell s writing There is just no other way to say it And I m a sucker for his subject artistic process and artistic reputation The opening essay, Unflowered Aloes, is a sobering account of just how easily the work of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville might have failed to come down to us today in each case there were quite lucky circumstances There s an amusing and insightful piece on how to write guides, and a remarkable article about a remarkable group calling itself the Underground Literary Alliance The ULA seems to be made up of members most of them with noms de guerrewho seem to believe that anyone who manages to publish a book today is by definition a mediocrity with connections The piece is really about the concept sometimes fantasy of literary insiders and outsiders, and Bissell offers the clearly crankish an Interesting idea for a book, but the author kind of lost me when I got to the passage where trees perimetered a field Can t they just line the perimeter I am not a fan of noun verbs I know English is a constantly evolving language, but that s a trend I just don t care for It just strikes me as being sort of twee somehow, with an air of Look, Ma, I m making up words and being creative Also, there was a section of the book in which the author is talking about the ineptitude of a filmmaker, and trying to pass it off as the new creativity I just couldn t buy it It s one thing to understand the language of film and use it in a surprising or unexpected way as was done in the film The Sixth Sense , but not understanding it, and consequently making an inexplicable mess of a movie, is just incompetence.
Reading Tom Bissell s Magic Hours Essays on Creators and Creation was a similar experience to watching the Darjeeling Limited for the first time on a Jet Blue flight to Boston from Tampa without any turbulence If David Foster Wallace s magnificent writing were an opioid, this book functioned as literary methadone to help wean me from the withdrawal symptoms of not having any big scores left to consume after completing The Pale King.
This collection included discourse on the struggles of one s writing being discovered and deemed famous and culturally relevant, Jeff Daniels creating a film in Escanaba, Michigan, Werner Herzog s unique filmmaking career including rescuing Joaquin Phoenix from a car crash , Tommy Wiseau as a savant, Chuck Lorre s rounds in the American sitcom circuit, as well as albeit brief discussions on Wallace Bissell s pers Anyone who knows me for than five years, whether online or off, can tell you that I used to be absolutely obsessed with becoming a professional writer I even had some modest success nine of my short stories were published and I spent four years as a copywriter for Rabbi Wein s Destiny Foundation About two years ago, all that changed I began working full time at a law office in Manhattan, and though I suppose my commute time could have become writing time, I used it for reading instead Except for the reviews I write here on GoodReads, I hardly write anything any I just can t seem to get myself motivated And I feel really bad about it.
So when I heard Tom Bissell, author of this book and creative writing professor, in an NPR interview, I thought his book was just the thing to give me a kick in the pants In the interview, he spoke about Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and Emil
I ve read a few things by Tom Bissell now, and I even attended a reading of his He was magnanimous enough to invit