John Updike said, “We’re past the age of heroes and hero kings. … Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it’s up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting.”
After the release of my book, Finding Mr. Righteous, I have a new appreciation for fiction writers. While I tried to make my mundane history of dating and religion interesting, I at least had an outline – my own life. While it may seem like fiction is easy because anything is possible, that’s its own hardship. When anything is possible, how does a writer choose correctly?
When I encountered Bulfinch by Hannah Sternberg, I was unsure of what the genre of “magical realism” even was. The possibility of magic in everyday life? Perhaps that’s not too far off from the chick lit I usually enjoy.
Sternberg’s Bulfinch is about a woman who finally experiences the world around her when two characters – a knight and monk – emerge from a book. As one reviewer put it, “Rare is the female protagonist who is smart, well-read, adventurous, flawed, and utterly relatable. Bulfinch's Rosie is a welcome rarity.”
In addition to her books and articles at PJ Lifestyle, Sternberg has worked for various giants in the conservative movement. As someone who also dabbles back and forth between the political world and the creative writing world, it’s encouraging to find another kindred spirit.
The De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.
1. What's your favorite movie line and who would you like to say it to?
The first thing that came to mind was from John Carpenter's They Live: "I came here to do two things: kick ass and chew bubblegum...and I'm all out of bubblegum." Of course, it's completely inappropriate for most social situations, so I'd like to say it to everybody.
2. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life.
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