I used to think in terms of characters, how to develop their eccentricities and quirks. Then I realized that it’s better to focus on the relationships instead, and then the characters develop naturally.
— Kazuo Ishaguro
“I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies, to other ways of being. And even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom: poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality.”
― Ursula Le Guin
Just found out Poets & Writers gave a nice callout to my essay at The Millions about saying goodbye to Glimmer Train. Thanks, P&W!
”’Every literary journal is, in its beginning and at its end, about people.’ At the Millions, Steve Adams bids a fond farewell to Glimmer Train Stories, the literary magazine founded in Oregon by sisters Linda Swanson-Davies and Susan Burmeister-Brown in 1990. The journal, which for thirty years has been dedicated to publishing fiction by emerging writers, will publish its last issue in Fall 2019.”
“But a writer senses meaning in 'the mystery of things,' and reports about the discoveries that come from merely setting narrative in motion, letting people move and breathe and be in the prose, and that is what finally connects us all, across time and distance and the grave itself. We are about SHOWING the human journey as itself, what Conrad meant when he said that above all he wanted to make us SEE. Wanted to make us feel the 'solidarity of the human family.' This is why it's such important work, what Bill Maxwell in a letter to me called 'this blessed occupation.' So the reward is in the act itself, of giving forth meaning through expression in this miraculous way, with words. Our coin, our spark and music, the bread of our daily existence. It isn’t work, so much as it is the central element of our nature: our beautiful tending toward expression.”
— Richard Bausch
“I have rarely sat down at my desk with something to say, other than I am ready. The sitting comes first, turning up with a certain alertness to possibility. Only then does the idea feel free to settle. It settles small and very tentatively, then, through your active attention, it can grow into something much bigger.”
— Nick Cave
In their newsletter, The Review Review was kind enough to talk up my Glimmer Train essay (referenced below): “Over at The Millions, Steve Adams pays a lovely tribute to Glimmer Train, which has announced recently that it will be closing." Thanks, Review Review!
I have a long relationship with the lit journal Glimmer Train, which is closing soon, so I am very happy to see my essay about the journal, “Beautiful Living Things: A Farewell to Glimmer Train,” published at The Millions.
“Everything that is visible, hides something that is invisible.”
— Rene Magritte
“Writing is like breathing, it's possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what.”
— Julia Cameron