Shawn L. Bird

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the fundamental fiction July 13, 2013

In love with a fictional character?


Don’t you know that


objects of our desire

are fundamentally fictional?


is a time of great performance,

convincing the other,

showing the best face,

doing things you’ve never done

(and won’t do again)

pretending you love each moment

to impress the object of your desire.

Love is always


We love what we wish

it to be.

If we’re lucky,

when rose lenses are lost,

what we created in dream

bears enough

resemblance to reality

that truth

becomes better

than fiction.



In response to a Tweet about all the wild Outlander fans in a tizzy about Jamie Fraser coming to life.  I was thinking how we fictionalize real people all the time.


novels about books September 15, 2012

Filed under: Reading — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:11 pm
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I just finished reading Carlos Ruis Zafón’s Shadow of the Wind and it got me thinking about the number of novels I’ve read in the last while that are about books, writing, writers, and/or reading.  I have decided to compile a list for future reading (and past reference).  The ones I’ve read are in blue.  Please contribute if you know a novel that should be on this list!  Have you read any of these?  What’s your favourite?


  • Atonement  Ian McEwan (writing)
  • Blue Angel  Francine Prose (writing)
  • The Blue Flower Penelope Fitzgerald (writer)
  • The Book Thief Markus Zusak (book)
  • Crossing to Safety  Wallace Stegner (writing)
  • The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde (book)
  • Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury (books)
  • Flaubert’s Parrot Julian Barnes (writer)
  • Gertrude and Claudius John Updike (writer)
  • The Ghost Writer  Phillip Roth  (writer)
  • Haunted Chuck Palahniuk (writing)
  • The Hours  Michael Cunningham (writer)
  • Inkheart Cornelia Funke (book)
  • Inkspell Cornelia Funke (book)
  • Inkdeath Cornelia Funke (book)
  • The Information  Martin Amis (writing)
  • Loitering with Intent Muriel Spark  (writing)
  • Lost in a Good Book Jasper Fforde (reading)
  • Lunar Park  Bret Easton Ellis  (writing)
  • Matrimony Josh Henkin (writer)
  • Memory and Dreams Charles de Lint (writer)
  • Men in Black  Scott Spencer (writer)
  • Misery Stephen King (writer)
  • Nazi Literature in the Americas Roberto Bolano (writing)
  • The Neverending Story Michael Ende (book)
  • Pale Fire  Vladimir Nabokov (writing)
  • The Poet  Michael Connelly (writer)
  • Possession A. S. Byatt  (writing)
  • Salamander Thomas Wharton (book)
  • Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruis Zafón (book)
  • Something Rotten Jasper Fforde (reading)
  • Starting Out in the Evening  Brian Morton (writing)
  • Thursday Next: First Among Sequels Jasper Fforde (reading)
  • The Toadhouse Trilogy–Book One by Jess Lowery
  • The Tragedy of Arthur Arthur Phillips  (writing)
  • The Well of Lost Plots  Jasper Fforde (reading)
  • The Wicked Pavillion Dawn Powell (writing)
  • Wonder Boys Michael Chabon (writing)

Old Saratoga Books has a blog about this that is freakishly thorough!  Check it out!


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