Category: books

good prose is like a windowpane

From George Orwell‘s essay “Why I Write”: I cannot say with certainty which of my motives are the strongest, but I know which of them deserve to be followed. And looking back through my work, I see that it is invariably where I lacked… Continue Reading “good prose is like a windowpane”

love hurts

A very sweet post from Alex Berenson on a main character who’s been with him for years: All of which is another way of saying that John Wells has markedly enriched my life — an impressive feat for a man who doesn’t exist. Sometimes… Continue Reading “love hurts”

how i became a famous novelist

Actually, I didn’t.  But here’s a book review of How I Became A Famous Novelist, by Steve Hely (review by Janet Maslin, NYT).  Judging by this, I will probably never be a famous novelist, but I’ve almost made my peace with that. Here are… Continue Reading “how i became a famous novelist”

birds of a feather

Stumbled upon this neat little interview between two of my favorite film-makers, Joel and Ethan Coen, and my favorite writer, Cormac McCarthy.  No idea McCarthy isn’t a fan of magical realism because “it’s hard enough to get people to believe what you’re telling them… Continue Reading “birds of a feather”

bella americana

I’ve been having trouble figuring out how to focus my writing these days. I have one more short story in the works.  After that, I think I’ll be taking a hiatus from shorts and try to go back to that fantasy trilogy of mine. … Continue Reading “bella americana”