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By Douglas Glover

A GLOBE & MAIL top ebook OF THE 12 months FOR 2012

“Glover is a grasp of narrative structure.”
—Wall highway Journal

In the culture of E.M. Forster, John Gardner, and James wooden, Douglas Glover has produced a booklet on writing right now erudite, anecdotal, instructive, and a laugh. Attack of the Copula Spiders represents the amassed knowledge of a awesome literary profession: novelist, brief tale author, essayist, instructor and mentor, Glover has for many years been asking the very important questions. How does the way in which we learn impact the way in which we write? What do craft books fail to educate aspiring writers approximately subject matter, approximately plot and subplot, approximately developing perspective? How will we hold drama at the point of the sentence—and clarify drama within the sentences of others? what's the courting of shape and artwork? How do you're making phrases live?

Whether his topic is Alice Munro, Cervantes, or the artistic writing lecture room, Glover’s take is frank and clean, demonstrating time and again that swish writers needs to first be powerful readers. This assortment is a call-to-arms for all fans of English, and Attack of the Copula Spiders our greatest security opposed to the attacks of a post-literate age.

Douglas Glover is the award-winning writer of 5 tale collections, 4 novels, and works of non-fiction. he's at the moment at the college of the Vermont collage of excellent Arts MFA in Writing program.

Praise for Douglas Glover

"A grasp of narrative structure." - Darin Strauss, writer of Half a Life, Wall road Journal

"So sharp, so evocative, that the reader sees well past the tissue of phrases into ... the author's poetic grace." - The New Yorker

"Glover invents his personal meeting of severe methods and theories that's eclectic, own, scholarly, and shrewdpermanent ... a path for destiny literary feedback to take." - The Denver Quarterly

"A ribald, raunchy wit with a expertise for searing self-investigation." - The Globe and Mail

"Knotty, clever, frequently raucously funny." - Maclean's

"Passionately intricate." - The Chicago Tribune

"Darkly funny, at the same time stressed and relentless." - Kirkus Reviews

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Inzwischen ist der letzte Winkel von der Frauenbewegung erfasst. Man kann hier direkt Wirkungslinien zu dem Berliner Milieu der spaten 60er Jahre ziehen. In der Provinz, iibrigens genauso wie in der Metropole auch, findet sich Feminismus neben biirgerlichen Familienformen, mehr Solidaritat, mehr Aufmerksamkeit zwischen Frauen und Mannem neben altern MannIichkeits- und altern Weiblichkeitswahn. rte Lebensformen in der Provinz jetzt ganz selbstverstandlich sind. Gewiss, strenge Feministinnen werden die Nase riimpfen, wenn sie auf die neuen Frauen in der Provinz und ihre Lebensformen treffen, aber ihr strenges Urteil trifft gelegentlich auch Frauen, die sich im Zentrum der Bewegung glauben.

Das fand in den Kopfen dieser Leute statt, anstatt vielmehr in ihrem sozialen Habitus und ihren effektiven Moglichkeiten. " Mit dem Dritten Reich zerbrach zunachst auch dieses Konzept einer edlen und selbstlosen Elite. Zu offensichtlich war das Biindnis zumindest groBer Teile der alten Elite mit dem nationalsozialistischen Regime gewesen. Da half auch nicht der spate Versuch, sich der Schreckensherrschaft zu entledigen. Die Namenliste des Widerstandes gegen Hitler liest sich wie ein Querschnitt der alten Elite, erganzt dUTCh Frauen und Manner aus der Arbeiterbewegung.

Dabei gehort es zu den unausrottbaren Vorstellungen, dass in Land- und KleinsHidten das Leben weniger oberflachlich, weniger anonym seL Urn zu verstehen, was das Wesen der Stadte ist, muss man sich von diesen ahistorischen Betrachtungsweisen 10sen. 2. Wenden wir uns zunachst einmal der Urbanisierung zu, so stellen wir fest, dass es bereits im Altertum Griinde fur das Entstehen von Stadten gab. Blicken wir sehr weit zUrUck, in das Reich des stidlichen Mesopotamien, so sehen wir, dass bereits zu der damaligen Zeit die Agrarproduktion einen derartig hohen Stand erreicht hatte, dass ein Uberschuss produziert wurde, der tiber die Selbstversorgung hinaus Absatzmarkte suchte.

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