Welcome. Thanks for visiting.

What I’m using this site for:

  • Film reviews and essays
  • Music reviews and essays
  • Literature reviews and essays
  • Reviews and essays on other visual arts/media

What I won’t use it for:

  • Anything else

At least I hope I won’t.

This site’s name comes from a concept Tim O’Brien offers in the Things They Carried. His award-winning book–which teeters carefully between biography and fiction–suggests that ‘story-truth’ (as he puts it) can sometimes be more true than ‘happening-truth.’

Fiction, be it through a screenplay or lyric sheet or typed prose, can tell us of truth more readily than a billboard or press release. It can speak of the eternal more clearly than what we see and hear day to day. As Frederick Buechner has said, “If you express the best you have in you in your work, it is more than just the best you have in you that you are expressing.”



Filed under misc.

4 responses to “Launch

  1. Jason, congrats on the new blog! I’ve already added it to my bloglines, and I look forward to reading your reviews.

  2. If you’re a fan of The Things They Carried, I’d suggest to you Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir by Lauren Slater. The subject is much different but the theme of distinct “truths” is very similar.

  3. New blog looks good, Jason. I look forward to reading more.

  4. Janell

    Just visiting to say hi.
    I think you found a good site name – and if I ever need to read a review of something, this’ll definitely be the first place I look.

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