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  1. SeoulMan

    John Cheever: Goodbye, My Brother

    Discussion of this classic short story will begin August 11, 2008. This 1951 short story is, in my opinion, one of the best written short stories in Western Literature. Cheever has such a great command of the English language and is able to convey such heartfelt emotion with it.
  2. SeoulMan

    Edward P. Jones: Marie

    Discussion of this short story will begin July 21, 2008. This is one of the best short stories in contemporary American Literature, according to some. It can be found in several anthologies as well as in its original short story collection, Lost in the City, by Edward P. Jones. As I...
  3. SeoulMan

    Flannery O'Connor: A Good Man Is Hard To Find

    I'm starting my own Short Story of the Week threads, per this thread: http://www.bookandreader.com/forums/website-feedback-help-suggestions/16684-short-story-week.html You can join me or not. (I suspect I may be the only one in this thread next week. LOL!) The first short story is "A Good Man...
  4. SeoulMan

    Anne Perry

    Any Anne Perry readers out there? I confess she's one of my guilty pleasures. I wasn't familiar with her work until two years ago. I was at a garage sale and picked up a whole box of books they were trying to get rid of for only $1. I just took it all. In the box was some Anne Perry books. I...
  5. SeoulMan

    MFA programs

    What do you think of them? You know...Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in fiction, here in the USA. I don't know what the British equivalent would be. They also have MFAs for poetry, painting, theater, etc. for the arts. Some say they're worthless, teach you to write like Raymond Chandler, and suck...
  6. SeoulMan

    Which Author(s) do you emulate? Are most similar?

    I bring this up because my real life writing group talked about this a lot in several of our past meetings. We all have our favorite authors. We all also have authors we are most influenced by wrt our own writings, whether consciously or subconsciously. Which author's style most resembles...
  7. SeoulMan

    Recommendations on Serbia/Bosnia war?

    Anyone have any recommendations on some good books on the Bosnian/Serbian war? Sadly, I am terribly ignorant about this war and I'd like to get up to speed beyond Wiki. LOL!
  8. SeoulMan

    Need help with plot

    I wrote a short story several months ago but can't seem to finish it. I need your help. I'll outline it as simply as possible. Here it is: Boy meets girl. Girl disappears. Boy looks for girl based on tidbits of info she gave him. Boy can't find girl. Boy accidentally finds girl in the street...
  9. SeoulMan

    Richard Kluger?

    Anyone heard of or read any Richard Kluger books? I'm always amazed that people hardly talk about or even heard of this great writer. He has written some of the best non-fiction books I've ever read, including: Simple Justice (history of the Civil Rights movement leading up to Brown vs. Board...
  10. SeoulMan

    Searching for a 1970s clone book

    I'm looking for a book. I don't know the title or the author. Back when I was a kid in the 1980s, I randomly picked up a paperback from the sci fi bin at my local library. The book was a 1970s sci fi book. I read it and, at the time, I thought it was a great great book. Of course, I was just...
  11. SeoulMan

    Short Story of the Week?

    We have the Book of the Month Club here. Why not a Short Story of the Week? (unless I'm missing something and there's already a place here to discuss short stories?) Maybe it's just me, but I prefer short stories over novels, although I do like novels a lot. If this site could start such a...
  12. SeoulMan

    Second viewings of Movies: better or worse?

    I often view the same movie multiple times after many years have passed. Usually, I wait somewhere between 5-10 years. Of course, some movies pass the test of MY time, others don't. Which movies are just as good, if not better, the second or third time? Which movies are worse? I will first...
  13. SeoulMan

    Great/Good Adaptations

    I know there's a thread on Adaptations of Classic books into movies: http://www.bookandreader.com/forums/film-tv/15113-classic-books-into-good-movies.html However, I wanted to open this up to something broader. Great or very good adaptations of any book into a movie or TV series. "Remains of...
  14. SeoulMan

    Books you quit/dropped

    Name some books you dropped or gave up on after only a few pages or chapters. List only the big name books, not the "little" books. Give reasons why. There's one book I've been struggling with since my youth -- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Back when I was in junior high school...
  15. SeoulMan

    "Friend" feature

    What does this feature do for me? How is it beneficial? I'm not quite getting what being a "friend" to someone actually does.
  16. SeoulMan

    Glad to be here!

    Hi everyone, I'm SeoulMan. I live in California. I'm trying to get back in the swing of things with literature. Now that I have some time on my hands, I've been doing some reading and some writing. I've written several short stories, but they've only gone through a couple edits and I've...