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…

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…

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…

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…

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. …