The Place of Place in Our Writings

The Place of Place in Our Writings

Joyce Carol Oates gives an acceptance speech at the opening of the Jerusalem International Book Forum on receiving the Jerusalem Prize on May 12. Image: Porter AndersonTo Start in a ‘Nowhere Place’Overnight, we’ve had news from Wales of the win by Guy Gunaratne of the...
The First Five Lines

The First Five Lines

I’ve discussed before the role of narrative voice in pulling us into the dream state into which we fall when we read.  The more I study it, though, the more convinced I am that the effect of narrative voice begins—or not—immediately.  Narrative voice can lull us into...