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Autor/in: Samuel R. Delany
Autor/in: Samuel R. Delany

Occasional Views

"More About Writing and Other Essays"


Essays, lectures, and interviews from the iconic, award-winning author and critic.

Samuel R. Delany is an acclaimed writer of literary theory, queer literature, and fiction. His "prismatic output is among the most significant, immense and innovative in American letters," wrote novelist Jordy Rosenberg in the New York Times in 2019. This anthology of essays, lectures, and interviews addresses topics such as 9/11, race, the garden of Eden, the interplay of life and writing, and notes on other writers such as Theodore Sturgeon, Hart Crane, Ursula K. Le Guin, Hölderlin, and an introduction to?and a conversation with-Octavia E. Butler. The first of two volumes, this book gathers more than thirty pieces on films, poetry, and science fiction. These sharp, focused writings by a bestselling Black and gay author are filled with keen insights and observations on culture, language, and life.

"An incredibly generous entry point to Samuel R. Delany's pioneering insights about the intersections of genre, race, sexuality, Science Fiction and what it means to live through and amongst those categories. As he states, "What we need is not so much radical writers as we need radical readers!" This collection helps us satisfy that deeply necessary and timely cultural need." -Louis Chude-Sokei, author of Floating In A Most Peculiar Way: A Memoir

"By turns gutsy and erudite, challenging and gracious, Delany's Occasional Views gives illuminating glances of his mind's life journey. How lucky we are to have these proofs of the resonant truths he has discovered along the way!" -Nisi Shawl, author of Everfair

"Delany has such an intoxicating, prodigious, conversational mind, and More About Writing and Other Essays is a delicious journey into his brilliance. Whether he is unveiling how he navigates the terrain of being a science fiction writer; or introspective reflections on race, class, sexuality; or trusting his listeners as he gives wide ranging, honest answers in his interviews, responding with exacting humor to his critics, remembering Clarion teaching experiences, regretting missed sexual encounters with favorite writers, creating space for the complexity of holding love and questions in the same breath-we see how thoroughly he thinks about everything, and how vibrant and multitudinous the web of connections is in his memory and imagination. Reading Delany will make you a better writer. (I was particularly enthralled to read the dialogue with, and later introduction of, Octavia E. Butler right as she's finishing The Parable of the Talents!)." -Adrienne Maree Brown, co-editor of Octavia's Brood

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Samuel R. Delany published his first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, at the age of twenty. Throughout his storied career, he has received four Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards, and in 2008 his novel Dark Reflections won the Stonewall Book Award. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002, named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2014, and in 2016 was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Delany's works also extend into memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society. After many years as a professor of English and creative writing and director of the graduate creative writing program at Temple University, he retired from teaching in 2015. He lives in Philadelphia with his partner, Dennis Rickett.


More About Writing: The Life of/and Writing . Algol Interview, with Darrell Schweitzer . Liner Notes, Anecdotes, and Emails . Star Wars: A Consideration of a Great New S.F. Film . Introduction [to the Graphic Novel Empire, written by Samuel R. Delany and drawn by Howard V. Chaykin] .
. The Gestation of Genres: Literature, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy... . Theodore Sturgeon: In Memorium . Note on Le Guin . Eden, Eden, Eden: A Note on Genesis 2 & 3 . Letter to SF-Eye . An Antiphon . Atlantis Rose . Afterword to Theodore Sturgeon's Argyll . Interview: Questions by Felice Picano . The Loft Interview . Note on Robert Hayden's "Middle Passage" . Beatitudes . Dialogue with Octavia E. Butler . Racism and Science Fiction . Some Queer Notations on Race . The Star-Pit Notes . Note on Bruce Nugent's "Smoke, Lilies, and Jade" . Introducing Octavia E. Butler . Poetry Project Interview . How to Do Well in This Class . His Wing, His Claw Beneath the Arc of Day . A Centennial Life from the Roaring Twenties: The Broken Tower, The Life of Hart Crane . 9/11: Echoes . Note on Holderlin


EAN / 13-stellige ISBN 978-0819579768
10-stellige ISBN 0819579769
Verlag Wesleyan University Press
Sprache Englisch
Editionsform Non Books / PBS
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Typ des digitalen Artikels ePub
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Erscheinungsdatum 21. Januar 2022
Seitenzahl 137
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