Word has it that Barry Hannah once pulled a gun on a classroom of writing students, and not because they sucked. It was a pedagogical move. When he had the gun and waved it around, he explained, all eyes were on him, all lives in his hands. The lesson: The writer should strive to hold the metaphorical gun, compelling attention, fear, and envy. A reader won't be able to look away without risking his life. Inattention will have... More >>>