Like a lot of people who have blogs, I’m a writer whose primary work is not on the blogsite. I write fiction and nonfiction to upload to Kindle, and then struggle to bring these proverbial needles in a haystack to the attention of people who read books on screens. When I tried to promote my first e-book, a novella titled Petra, I showed exactly how naïve a writer can be. The book itself had oodles of adult-level observations on the human condition, but when I tried to persuade others to read it I behaved like a teenager who was shocked … Continue reading An Aging Writer, Finally Learning the Ropes
THE GUY WHO WROTE THIS BOOK SEEMS LIKE KIND OF A WEIRDO. — OVERHEARD ON THE MUNI (SAN FRANCISCO) SUBWAY Continue reading I Couldn’t See the Book Cover
SCREENWRITING IS THE MOST PRIZED OF ALL THE CINEMATIC ARTS. ACTUALLY, IT ISN’T, BUT IT SHOULD BE. — HUGH LAURIE Continue reading Yes!
YOU’RE MEANT TO HAVE AN UNHAPPY CHILDHOOD TO BE A WRITER, BUT THERE’S A LOT TO BE SAID FOR A VERY HAPPY ONE THAT JUST LETS YOU GET ON WITH IT. — EMMA DONOGHUE Continue reading Emma Donoghue on Unhappy Childhoods
This was a very perceptive thing for a public figure to say: I’VE DONE TOO MANY STUPID THINGS FOR THERE NOT TO BE MOVIES MADE ABOUT ME WHEN I’M DEAD, SO I MIGHT AS WELL WRITE THE SCRIPT. — GEORGE MICHAEL Continue reading George Michael on Bio Films
THE ONLY REAL ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE ANYONE IS TO KEEP WRITING. — DAVID SEDARIS Continue reading David Sedaris on Writing
I’M TRYING TO DECIDE WHETHER MY NEXT E-BOOK SHOULD BE POLITICAL. THERE’S AN IDEA FOR AN ESSAY ON HOW THE WORLD COULD IMPROVE GREATLY, JUST BY MAKING ONE CHANGE IN THE WAY THINGS ARE HANDLED. THE WORKING TITLE IS IF DOGS COULD VOTE. Continue reading A New Writing Project?
AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY, MY PROFESSOR OF EUROPEAN LITERATURE, VLADIMIR NABOKOV, CHANGED THE WAY I READ AND THE WAY I WRITE. WORDS COULD PAINT PICTURES, I LEARNED FROM HIM. CHOOSING THE RIGHT WORD, AND THE RIGHT WORD ORDER, HE ILLUSTRATED, COULD MAKE AN ENORMOUS DIFFERENCE IN CONVEYING AN IMAGE OR AN IDEA. — RUTH BADER GINSBURG Continue reading Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotation
I haven’t read enough of Philip Roth’s works to speak with authority. However, The Humbling, published in 2009, is one of the finest novels I’ve ever read. The Humbling is only about 160 pages, so it won’t take a lot of your time. It should stay with you, though. Here’s a review: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/6407877/The-Humbling-by-Philip-Roth-review.html Continue reading R.I.P. Philip Roth
IF I READ A BOOK AND IT MAKES MY WHOLE BODY SO COLD NO FIRE CAN EVER WARM ME, I KNOW THAT IS POETRY. — EMILY DICKINSON Continue reading Emily Dickinson Quotation