August 27, 2018

In Defense of Flat Characters

By Aatif Rashid

Every fiction writer who’s taken even an intro to creative writing class is likely aware of E.M. Forster’s famous distinction between flat and round characters, from his book of lectures […]

May 18, 2018

On Character Motivation

By Aatif Rashid

In Will in the World, Stephen Greenblatt argues that Shakespeare’s characters are compelling because he makes their motivations purposefully unclear in order to create greater psychological complexity: “Shakespeare found that […]

April 29, 2015

Drunken Savages with Quill Pens

By Amit Majmudar

At one point in his Philosophical Letters on the English, in which he observed the culture and society of France’s rival across the Channel, Voltaire, that paragon of French neoclassical […]