5 Most Popular Posts: August 2015
- September 2, 2015
We here at the Independent love every piece we run. There are no winners or losers. Having said that, here are August's winners.
- A review of The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War by William T. Vollmann. You appreciated Nathan Blanchard’s thoughtful critique of this 1,300-page brick, er, book that brilliantly chronicles a little-known conflict in American history.
- “Writing Tics.” This installment of Tara Laskowski’s blog, Long Story Short, runs down the many reasons you should avoid tropes and redundancies when writing fiction. (Spoiler alert: It’s because they make your stories weaker.)
- A review of Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story by David Payne. This heart-wrenching memoir about love, loss, and mental illness may not be the feel-good book of the year, but readers sure felt good about Patricia Ann McNair’s assessment of it.
- “Much Ado about Nothing.” Columnist Larry de Maria took to his blog, the Write Stuff, to sound off on why, when it comes to Amazon, we’ve got it all wrong.
- An Interview with Karim Dimechkie. Judging by the numbers, Joye Shepperd’s Q&A with the author of Lifted by the Great Nothing was really something.