A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic - download pdf or read online

By Peter Turchi

ISBN-10: 1595341935

ISBN-13: 9781595341938

With his attribute expertise for locating connections among writing and the stuff of our lives, Peter Turchi ventures into new or even extra mind-blowing territory. In A Muse and a Maze, Turchi attracts out the similarities among writing and puzzle-making and its flip-side, puzzle-solving. As he teases out how secret lies on the center of all storytelling, he uncovers the magic—the construction of credible illusion—that writers proportion with the likes of Houdini and grasp magicians. In Turchi’s associative narrative, we know about the heritage of puzzles, their obsessive caliber, and that Benjamin Franklin was once a devotee of an old precursor of sudoku known as Magic Squares. using this wealthy backdrop to the necessities of writing, Turchi unearths as a lot in regards to the human psyche as he does concerning the literary mind's eye and the artistic process.

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Tim O’Brien has examined and reexamined, in his stories as well as in novels, the effects on the individual of war in general and of Vietnam in particular. To truly dwell in the possibility of our work is to favor the considered life, the penetrating gaze. Our obsessions spring from a source we can’t identify; or their origin is obvious yet inescapable; or we choose them. We might feel confined by them, or enraptured; in either case, they focus our interest and attention the way a magnifying glass focuses the heat of the sun.

I’m playing a very difficult game, and if you’d like to see someone who’s very good at a difficult game, that’s what I do. — JERRY SEINFELD, on writing comedy The scheduling puzzle that confronted us every six months reminded me of a particular Saturday morning in a particular college lecture hall. That day, I had dutifully penciled in bubbles for the verbal section of the GREs, then for the quantitative section. But when I got to the analytical problems,1 I was a happy young man. 2 I was in my element.

There’s mystery in it for the writer as well as for readers. Puzzles are not solved by the use of accurate reckoning alone . . but also by a substantial use of insight thinking [an admixture of imagination and memory]. Insight thinking does not emerge fortuitously or haphazardly. It comes about only after the observation and contemplation of recurring patterns. — MARCEL DANESI The writer’s craft is what we can study; and by looking carefully at the work that speaks most strongly to us we can, gradually, discern patterns, choices, and decisions we find effective.

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