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What I’ve Been Reading–one Month into my Book Diet

Last month, I started a “reading diet.” The idea comes from Ray Bradbury who recommended that the aspiring read one short story, one poem, and one essay every day, and one novel per week. I’m reckoning with something I wish I had known a long time ago, that reading is part of your workday as a writer. It’s not laziness… Read more »

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If Literary Legends Were on Social Media — the Modernists

The Lost Generation would have killed it on social media. 21st century publishing would remove the obstacles that kept many now classic authors from wide readership in their lifetimes. Platforms like Twitter and Medium would play to the strengths of different schools within modernism (Twitter for minimalism, Medium for stream of consciousness.) Here’s where I… Read more »

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Hemingway Collection at the JFK Library

Ernest Hemingway didn’t travel light. His baggage included a modern art collection, books, drinking accessories, an impressive gun collection, and the heads and pelts of his hunting kills. Always on the move, he schlepped it all through three wars, four marriages, two plane crashes, and many homes. His writing style itself left a tremendous paper-trail… Read more »

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50 Things to Collect when you Read

Favorite quotes Gorgeous prose Bad prose Lines that make you laugh and cry Lines you wish you had written Scenes that make you wonder how the hell this book got so popular Place names Character names Obscure words (the word for a collector of words is sesquipedalian) Words you derive the meaning of from their… Read more »

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Book Reviews by Readers Range from Clueless to Insane

Gustav Flaubert said ‘I try to live in an ivory tower, but a tide of shit is constantly beating at its walls.’  He could have been talking about Goodreads. The shelves are your own personalized ivory tower, while the reviews are the tide of shit. Just the thought of rating books kept me off Goodreads… Read more »

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I Read 66 Books in 2015, Here are my Favorites

“We love to buy books because we think we are buying the time to read them.” —Arthur Schopenhauer This is the year I finally got on Goodreads (you can add me here.) One year on, my reading has never been so good. Keeping track of what I read has me reading more, holding myself to… Read more »