This article was written for my other site, which features a blog dedicated solely to my pursuits in writing. It’s part of a series I’m doing of culled-together writing advices and how I’m trying to use those advices to write my first novel. This was a more personal one, so I thought I’d post it […]
I believe kids these days would put it like this: this article is giving me life rn. It certainly jarred some life in and out of me. Wow. Just wow. I read it without knowing who the author was (I’ll get to that) and was immediately taken with the essay’s words. It, as the title […]
Unsurprisingly, I think a lot about destinations. A lot about geography. This comes naturally to a traveler; and for a long time I identified as a traveler. In even the slightest of caged-in moments, I still do. Some of this came swelling up my stomach recently as I read W.S. Merwin’s lines: ““we travel far […]
There’s been much debate on the reality of what happened with John Steinbeck in 1960. His book, Travels with Charley in Search of America, details some (of his/not his) journeys through that year and came out shortly before the revered author won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The journeys published involves a trip around the […]
“Writing letters, however, means to denude oneself before the ghosts, something for they greedily wait. Written kisses don’t reach their destination , rather they are drunk on the way by the ghosts.” Want to see more quotes I love? Come on in!
“The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens. There is no doubt of that, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for heavy simply means: the impossibility of crows” Want to see more quotes I love? Come on in!
I’m going to start with a metaphor. We’ll have to see how long I can carry it for. Reading John Irving is like having your mom do your laundry for you. Okay, how far can we take this. For one, Irving, and though I’ve read a couple of his pieces, I’m going to stick with […]
I was looking for books that took place in Vienna shortly after the turn of the 20th century. I had read the LA Times book review of Franzen’s Kraus Project and was particularly interested in his assertion that “Our situation looks quite a bit like Vienna’s in 1910, except that newspaper technology (telephone, telegraph, the […]
From The New Yorker (Oct. 28, 2013) In late May of this year, a few weeks shy of her fiftieth birthday, my youngest sister, Tiffany, committed suicide. She was living in a room in a beat-up house on the hard side of Somerville, Massachusetts, and had been dead, the coroner guessed, for at least […]
“A writer – and, I believe, generally all persons – must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given […]