Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life

Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life

Jenny Boully?s essays are ripe with romance and sensual pleasures, drawing connections between the digression, reflection, imagination, and experience that characterizes falling in love as well as the life of a writer. Literary theory, philosophy, and linguistics rub up against memory, dreamscapes, and fancy, making the practice of writing a metaphor for the illusory natur Jenny Boully?s essays are ripe with romance and sensual pleasures, drawing connections between the digression, reflec...

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Title:Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life
Author:Jenny Boully
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:1566895103
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:140 pages pages

Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life Reviews

  • Tara Betts
    Jun 02, 2019
    A quick but enjoyable read that covers a lot of territory on the path to becoming a writer. I particularly enjoyed the following essays: "On Writing and Withcraft"; "Moveable Types"; "On the EEO Genre Sheet"; "The Poet's Education"; and "On Beginnings and Endings." This book had so muc...
  • Andrew Bertaina
    Jun 10, 2018
    "I remembered everything so exceptionally well that spring because my heart was breaking, and I carried that heartbreak with me a few more years until I didn't know what to do with it. It was then that I realized what I wanted more than someone to love were those lilacs, those dogwoods...
  • Leonard
    Aug 11, 2018
    This is the first book by Boully I've read but it won't be the last. Her short essays seem to go places others do not and sometimes leave the reader hanging in the air, but it's an energizing reading experience that makes the reader think. Thanks to the author. ...
  • Maika
    Apr 09, 2019
    Writing about writing that reads like dreaming someone else?s dreams. I love this collection of essays, which are as much about being a writer, the act of writing, and the power of the written word as they are about time and memory and the messy complexities of being passionately ali...
  • Charlie
    Aug 28, 2018
    Individually some of these essays sang, but they were often a bit too twee for me. ...
  • Jackie
    May 21, 2018
    Gorgeously written. I didn't connect with it on any particular level, but that wasn't the book's fault. It was the fact that I read it on a plane after a long delay, and also that I think I was in the specific mood for something either deeper or more surface-y and less...betwixt-and-be...
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    Jul 11, 2018
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  • Frank Karioris
    May 09, 2018
    Poetic essays; more poetry than essay. Not what I had been looking for in that regard. Written beautifully; but with basically zero context, explanation, or provisions. ...
  • Liz
    Apr 23, 2018
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  • Kristin Boldon
    May 31, 2018
    I didn't feel this cohered as a collection. I loved the essays and parts on writing. The other essays on the ends of love affairs didn't work as well for me. ...
  • sara
    Jan 05, 2019
    WOW! I wanted a book about writing and what it is like, but I got so so much more! This is a book that is about writing, but not about writing. More importantly, it is about life and emotion and love. I adore Jenny Boully's writing, it is both beautiful and relatable. Betwixt-and-B...
  • Alejandra Oliva
    Nov 07, 2018
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  • Reader
    Oct 21, 2018
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  • Chari
    Jul 07, 2018
    This book ended up to be more about how I misread its title when picking it up at a bookstore, essays about writing of life, instead of the writing life. Jenny Boully is such a beautiful writer, that even though some of the essays threw me off, at the end I managed to get something out...
  • Hunter Fagan
    Sep 04, 2018
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  • Alonzo Vereen
    Oct 01, 2018
    Disjointed and faux-deep ...
  • Rachel León
    Apr 20, 2018
    This book isn't what I expected as I thought it'd be essays on writing, but that's not exactly what it is. I enjoyed it nonetheless. Jenny Boully is a beautiful writer. ...
  • Matthew Mastricova
    Jul 27, 2019
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  • Stephine
    Jan 07, 2019
    A beautifully written book contemplating the curiosities and peculiarities of life, memory, dreams, and writing. Boully weaves together several beautiful essays about the relatoonships between the world and the art of writing. ...
  • Dennis James Sweeney
    Nov 09, 2018
    In the creative writing class I taught this term, we read two essays a week from this book. For me this was the perfect way to read it: these essays need time to soak in, and by the end of the term it felt like we had completed a journey. ...
  • J Earl
    Sep 14, 2018
    Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life from Jenny Boully is that wonderful collection of essays that fulfills the promise of the word 'collection.' So often collections of essays are collections only in the sense that the essays have, indeed, been collected into one volume. Ma...
  • Lorna Penland
    Aug 11, 2018
    Hard to get into I struggled to understand the first half or more. I don't easily give up reading a book. Finally, halfway through I started to understand. ...
  • Juliana Ravelli
    Jan 08, 2019
    Jenny Boully is a magical creature. I loved "Betwixt-and-between: Essays on the Writing Life" so much! The book spoke with my child self, my teenage self, and my adult self. I always felt myself betwixt-and-between, but I have never known how to express it. Jenny, on the other hand, do...
  • Anna Hussey
    May 18, 2019
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  • Laura
    Jul 18, 2018
    Read the full review here: http://pageandplate.com/betwixtandbet... This collection was one of the more ~artistic~ that I've read this year. It was heavy on the lush writing, the philosophical themes, and the moments where I was totally and completely lost. Again, this might say mor...
  • Adela Mirolevska
    Feb 04, 2019
    Chaos on paper. This collection of essays is odd, although there is a general mood that unites the ?pieces? they are still shattered in different bits that lack cohesion. The style? Beautiful, both complex and simplified, or neither, like everything in the book, which is both poetr...
  • Alana
    Apr 27, 2018
    "Because things will break, and their breaking will make you a poet." ...
  • Laura
    Feb 02, 2019
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  • Barbette
    May 11, 2019
    4.5. Lots of beauty here. The second half is better than the first. Keep reading. ...
  • Delia Rainey
    May 31, 2018
    Upon and after reading, all these essays had conversations with each other. Boully's words on writing advice read more like a loony dream and poetic spill into some long-lost garden. And then another essay would talk about her discomfort with genre definition ~ an identity of mixtures ...