Attack of the Copula Spiders: Essays on Writing by Douglas Glover

By Douglas Glover

A GLOBE & MAIL top publication OF THE yr FOR 2012

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

In the culture of E.M. Forster, John Gardner, and James wooden, Douglas Glover has produced a ebook on writing without delay erudite, anecdotal, instructive, and fun. Attack of the Copula Spiders represents the gathered knowledge of a impressive literary profession: novelist, brief tale author, essayist, instructor and mentor, Glover has for many years been asking the important questions. How does the way in which we learn impression the way in which we write? What do craft books fail to coach aspiring writers approximately subject matter, approximately plot and subplot, approximately developing perspective? How will we preserve 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 inventive writing lecture room, Glover’s take is frank and clean, demonstrating repeatedly that sleek 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 safety 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 present at the school of the Vermont university of good Arts MFA in Writing program.

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

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

"Glover invents his personal meeting of serious ways and theories that's eclectic, own, scholarly, and shrewdpermanent ... a course 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, concurrently stressed and relentless." - Kirkus Reviews

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Such considerations may serve to indicate that as we push more deeply the development of married hfe the conception of happiness undergoes constant modification. The crude romance of mutual absorption, with which the innocent young couple may approach the altar, cannot survive the 48 ON LIFE AND SEX shocks of real Ufe, and would be unwholesome if it could. The modifications are inevitable. The main point is that they should be of enlargement rather than of restriction, of elevation rather than of debasement.

Westermarck in his recent book on The Future of Marriage in Western Civilisation, It has indeed long been recognised b y breeders even among animals ; they are excited b y novelty. It cannot therefore be said that this impulse is unnatural. The important point is that civihsed man need not be animalhke. It has often been said, and it is still well to repeat, that married lovers who have passed beyond the cruder stages may find ample variety in themselves. The secrets of lovemaking are many and there is now no need to search for them in the pedantic lore of ancient books.

This object remains not only the primary but even the sole end of marriage among the lower races of mankind generally. The erotic idea, in its deeper sense, that is to say the element of love, arose very slowly in mankind. It is found, it is true, among some lower races, and it appears that some tribes possess a word for the j o y of love in a purely psychic sense. B u t even among European races the evolu­ tion was late. The Greek poets, except the latest, showed little recognition of love as an element of marriage.

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