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distract, distracted, institutions, intimacy, overwrought, passionate, patch, prejudices, profound, prose

Alice Munro, Nobel winner and a writer's peerless teacher

The Nobel laureate in literature imparts the invaluable lesson of how to be in the moment as a writer.

source: LA Times

By Hector Tobar
October 10, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

Alice Munro was my teacher.

No, I've never actually met the Canadian writer, who was enshrined Thursday as a Nobel laureate for literature. I mean she was my "teacher" in that way we writers think about the great authors whose published works instruct us in what the art can be.

Like many other writers, I turned to Munro for help with a certain essential element of the craft of literary fiction. She taught me to see the glories of the everyday, the epic inside the ordinary.

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 craft第四級[名詞] 工藝,手藝
 essential第四級[形容詞] 必要的;實質的; [名詞] 要素,要點;本質,實質
 fiction第四級[名詞] 小說
 instruct第四級[動詞] 指示
 invaluable第六級[形容詞] 非常貴重的;無價的
 literary第四級[形容詞] 文學的,文藝的
 literature第四級[名詞] 文學;文學作品
 peerless第四級peer(同輩,同事) 的衍生的形容詞
 published第四級publish(出版;發行;刊載) 的過去式及過去分詞