#Muse Media: The Future and #Joyce Carol Oates

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#Muse Media looks for our muse by mixing prose with other media, in this case by looking at the future with Joyce Carol Oates

English: past future path

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 “Remembering backward is the easy thing. If you could remember forward, you could save yourself…”

Joyce Carol OatesThe Gravedigger’s Daughter

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 Joyce Carol Oates never shys away from difficult issues. But her take on looking to the future in this quote is unique. I love the phrase “remembering forward”. It sounds so realistic. So possible. The character speculates her own redemption from an unwanted fate, trying to take control over her future. But as a society our concept of  what the future brings changes continuously, effected by a myriad of influences from technology, world affairs, space travel and the influence of the individual. Writers no longer necessarily write linear novels. Time travel itself has long been speculated as a possibility. How much control do we have over any of this?

 Do we have any control over our future?

Can we at the very least have some influence?

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 Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over fifty novels, as well as many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Her novel them (1969) won the National Book Award,[4] and her novels Black Water (1992), What I Lived For (1994), and Blonde (2000) were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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#Muse Media: The Past and #John Steinbeck

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Muse Media looks for our muse by mixing prose with other media, in this case by looking at the past with John Steinbeck.  The Woody Guthrie video ‘Talking Dust Bowl Blues’ is quintessential Guthrie.

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“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?”

 John Steinbeck from “Grapes of Wrath

                                                                                        

Woody Guthrie’s song gives us an idea of one family’s hard times during the same era of Grapes of Wrath. I like the line at the end which speaks of how his wife had made some potato stew so thin you could read a magazine through it. “If it a been a little thinner some of those politicians could have seen through it.” John Steinbeck’s seminal work brings up a number of social issues.  This particular quotes asks the question of us as individuals.

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In what way does the past affect your present life? 

How do you include events from the past in your work, or do you deliberately avoid them?


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John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American writer. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). As the author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

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#Muse Media: Change and #Junot Diaz

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#Muse Media is a series of  simple posts, looking for our muse by mixing prose with other media.  If this was in the form of a Haiku with an image, it might be called a Haiga. For the moment  let’s enjoy the prose of some wonderful authors.

Change

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“She would be a new person, she vowed. They said no matter how far a mule travels it can never come back a horse, but she would show them all.” 
Junot DíazThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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I love this gutsy quote. The “in your face ” style epitomizes Diaz work.

Change is often hard. How is the woman in the quote going to succeed? 

In what ways do you manage change?

 

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Junot Díaz (born December 31, 1968) is a Dominican-American writer, creative writing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and fiction editor at Boston Review. Central to Díaz’s work is the immigrant experience. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, in 2008. He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow.

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Muse Media: Books and David Mitchell

 #Muse Media:Books and David Mitchell

#Muse Media is a series of  short posts, looking for our muse by mixing prose with other media.  If this was in the form of a Haiku with an image, it might be called a Haiga. For the moment  let’s enjoy the prose of some wonderful authors.

reading on a ledge

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“Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.” 
David MitchellCloud Atlas

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Lots of people read books to escape, and depending on the novel it can be more and less successful. But the authors prose is what will determine how engrossed or not you become.

Why do you read books?

What do you read?

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David Stephen Mitchell (born 12 January 1969) is an English novelist. He has written five novels, two of which, number9dream (2001) and Cloud Atlas (2004), were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has lived in Italy, Japan and Ireland. Cloud Atlas has been recently adapted as a film. See the video below.

 

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Muse Media: Time and Louise Erdrich

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#Muse Media is a series of short posts, looking for our muse by mixing prose with other media.  If this was in the form of a Haiku with an image, it might be called a Haiga. For the moment  let’s enjoy the prose of some wonderful authors.

 

The Passage of Time

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“Time is the water in which we live, and we breath it like fish”

                                                                   Louise Erdrich  from “Four  Souls

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Karen Louise Erdrich, known as Louise Erdrich, (Little Falls, Minnesota June 7, 1954) is an American author of novels, poetry, and children’s books featuring Native American heritage.

Erdrich is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant writers of the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renaissance. In April 2009, her novel The Plague of Doves was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In November 2012, she received the National Book Award for Fiction for her novel The Round House

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The quote exemplifies the incredibly rich prose of Louise Erdrich. I have to wonder whether she labors for hours to come up with such a phrase, or if her muse guides her into a flow of  beautiful language. This quote is what prompted me to start this series.

Despite it’s quantifiable nature, the notion of time often feels very subjective.

In what ways are you effected by time in your life?

 

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