Matter Notes: A lawyer's private notes on a legal matter; considered inviolate and nondisclosable. By metaphor and game, my occasional blog posts on literary matters. In both cases, a form of work product.

Only Another Writer Will Get This (and, yes, that is a pun)

Why is it, whenever I hear Tony Banks’s keyboard riff at 9:09 – 9:16 on “Supper’s Ready” on Genesis’s Foxtrot (released UK Charisma 1972), I get an image of Dam Square and

The Dream of the Rood: This is a joke, right?

So I’m reading The Dream of the Rood.  I don’t do it a lot.  It’s the late seventh century. It’s possibly late enough to be the early eighth, but at this remove

Do you sport a fake British accent? If so, why?

Over the past month, several people have mentioned to me their annoyance with Americans who rock a British accent.  I’m talking about people who don’t know each other, bringing this up in

Make Yourself Holy

To write fiction, you must make yourself holy.  This is how.  Immerse your heart in the dirty world.  Crawl in its decay.  Shout out its meager glories.  Then leave.  Then write.  Then

Why I Haven’t Posted in Over Three Months; Writers and Time; and Some Useful Advice

I haven’t posted lately. My law practice is busy, and when I have free time I usually choose fiction writing over blog writing.  All writers have this devil’s choice – use your

Well, yes, as a matter of fact, it is the MFA programs

First, Tim Parks’s translation of Roberto Calasso’s The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony is unspeakably brilliant and remains for me, nearly twenty years after its publication, as close to a religious experience