John the Posthumous is one of those rare novels that comes only once in a lifetime. It is a novel that took skill to craft, time to procure, and an undying attention to style that must have taken Jason Schwartz years to perfect. At best this novel is as haunting as it is beautiful. At worse it is a failed attempt to convey a sense of… something.
If that doesn’t make sense, good. This isn’t your regular story that has a beginning, middle, and end. This isn’t even a story that takes a beginning, middle, and end and chops it up into a mosaic. This book is, in fact, not a story at all. It is, in fact, a mosaic itself.
Tim Burton. You either love him or you hate him. I think he´s a genius. Sure he has a few flops, but who doesn´t? Even Stephen Spielberg can’t escape that. And that old jab that he hits upon the same themes over and over, and that his style doesn’t seem to change much is simply absurb. This is true for most artists (and in the film world Wes Anderson is another that particularly comes to mind).
Recently he’s gone through a bout of nostalgia, helping to resurrect the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows alongside Seth Grahame-Smith, and more recently bringing his own live-action short, Frankenweenie, to life again in a new animated feature (ironically resurrection is a central part of both these films). I can’t say these are his best films, but they are fun, and they have much merit.
In the spring of 1968 the master of myth himself, Joseph Campbell, was invited to give a series of lectures on schizophrenia by the Esalen Institute’s director, Michael Murphy. He recalls in his essay “Schizophrenia—the Inward Journey,” that he didn’t know a thing about schizophrenia and he couldn’t understand this invitation one bit.
Murphy explained to Campbell that he’d be giving this talk with Dr. John Perry who had an amazing insight. That schizophrenia was not to be cured, rather it was a natural process that needed to be helped along. What made Campbell so perfect a match to Perry was that the schizophrenic’s necessary journey looked remarkably similar to what Campbell called the hero’s journey.
I HATE writing in Microsoft Word. It’s clunky and distracting. It makes the fear of a blank page more daunting and allows me to wrongfully ail that fear with bells and whistles like font size and header/footer options. Even with all it’s design functionality, I can never quite get the correct layout or find the right font. So, while writing my first full novel, I tried a variety of programs and apps that helped me break away from Word and get through the difficult process of putting words on a page.
I’ve boiled down a list of my five favorites. No matter what kind of writer you are—a blogger, marketer, or novelist (I’m all three)‐these apps are some of the most useful digital writing tools and are sure to help you overcome that blank page and get to work with words.
See what the top 5 best alternative programs for writers are over at folio.medoane.com.