Writers Who Read
#28

7 February 2021

Red Pill
by Hari Kunzru

Agenda



  • Why We're Here

  • Literary Forensics
  •     - What do I bring?
  •     - What do I feel?
  •     - What do I notice?
  •     - What do I want to learn?

  • Next Month's Reading & Study


Why We're Here

We Writers want to improve our craft

by Reading like a Writer

through Literary Forensics training

we learn from each other

Roundtable Rules

Always refer back to the book

We practice active listening & serendipity

Every feeling and observation is valid...
but not every conclusion

Always refer back to the book

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Introductions

What do I bring
to this book?

Today's author: Hari Kunzru

  • Philisophy major at University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

  • Journalist
  • Wired UK, Time Out, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph

  • Author of 7 novels
  • 1st novel, The Impressionist (2003), £1 Million advance

  • Fellow
  • American Academy in Berlin (6 mo)

  • Podcast producer: Into the Zone
  • See episodes: "Never Mind the Stasi" & "When We Were Cyber"

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

What do I feel?

What in the book elicited that feeling?

Every feeling and observation is valid...
but every conclusion should be questioned

We practice serendipity
- nothing is too crazy

Always refer back to the book

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

What do I notice?


  •    • Language and Grammar

  •    • Context

  •    • Point of view

  •    • Character & character development

  •    • Horizontal structure

  •    • Pacing

  •    • Layering of themes

  •    • Overall effect

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Red Pill - Stats


Marketing: Political Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Literary Fiction
Genre: Realistic Present-Day Arch-Plot Long-Form
Word count: 83,301
Print Pages: 304
Reading Level: 8th-9th grade

POV: Unnamed Narrator

Publish date: September 1, 2020
Publisher: Knopf
Sold By: Knopf
Audio book narration: Hari Kunzru

Recognition: NYT's top 100 of 2020, NPR's Best Books of 2020

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Writers Who Read: Coming Up

March 7: Interior Chinatown - Charles Yu (USA, 2020)
April 4: Apeirogon - Colum McCann (Ireland, 2020)
May 2: The Lying Life of Adults - Elena Ferrante
(Italy, trans. 2020 by Ann Goldstein)
June 6: The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett (USA, 2020)




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Happy
Sleuthing!