Scheherazade and the Franchise Zombie

A great concept gets slipped into If on a winter’s night a traveler at about halfway through: It is the classic dilemma of the author who is compelled somehow not to finish the story. This is different than ending fatigue, wherein a story is ending but has many, many ending sequences that drag long after … Continue reading

Love, Misery, and the Stars in the Sky

If on a winter’s night a traveler is taking shape much like Calvino’s Invisible Cities, itself a riff on Scheherazade and the 1001 Nights. In all of these books there is a frame story that carries along through a series of vignettes.  In traveler, the frame story is that “You” the reader have begun one book only … Continue reading