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David Bonck
dupont circle, dc
the ddb
Interests: writing. growing business.
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Secret #1 Bill sat at the head of the class with his skinny arms outstretched like Christ. “Fiction,” Bill said, with his milky Southern voice, letting the word linger in the air, as he had a habit of doing. We waited. We waited some more. Then I noticed a wild sparkle in his eye. We were all still hanging on that one word. Bill suddenly swung his fists together. Full speed. His knuckles crashed into each other, making a loud knock. Our class sat in silence. It was as if someone had slammed a gavel. “Fiction,” Bill said again, louder... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2010 at Six Great Books
In an ADHD world of speed-dating, Facebooking and Tweeting, how much time do people spend reading novels? Or shopping for novels, for that matter? From the looks of the crumbling book publishing industry, I’d say, not much. It seems people are increasingly selective about what they’ll pay to read. If you’re like me, you mosey around the book store scanning “first pages” until you find an interesting enough book to purchase. Amazon.com shoppers do the same. The first couple pages and the table of contents—that’s about all you get for free. Kind of like a first date, at some point... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2010 at Six Great Books
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have you read cormac mccarthy's no country for old men? i read it on a sleeper train to charleston south carolina. helluva book, even having seen the movie five times. most notable thing about it? every page i couldn't help but think, "masterful." masterfully simple. why does this matter? well, if you're a writer you know how easy it is to over-explain. we all do it. we fear our readers won't understand us. we like to show off. whatever the case, mccarthy is a pro at not doing it. here's a convo between Moss, a texas bumpkin who stole $2M... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2010 at Six Great Books
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Dec 8, 2009
<email to a girl i recently started seeing> "i'm gonna do a blog post on www.sixgreatbooks.com tonight. think i'm the only one who hasn't posted yet. i'm looking for blog ideas. what topics are you curious about? THAT'S what i want to write about" <her reply> "what most piques my interest about what you do--what i wonder and often think about is how, as a fiction writer (but with real-life intermixed) you combine the two in your head and then translate it onto paper." <my response> damn good question. i mean, it's hard for me to remember, cuz i've been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at Six Great Books