Tag: other people’s essays

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…

“bad houses hate our warmth and our human-ness”

Title quote from one of my favorite monologues on haunted houses, in Rose Red (which itself is heavily inspired by The Haunting of Hill House).  The speaker is, of course, a ghost who embodies the “bad house” in question. The Paris Review has a great essay…

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…

Recommended Essay

“Man vs. Corpse,” by Zadie Smith, at New York Review of Books: It’s argued that the gap between this local care and distant indifference is a natural instinct. Natural or not, the indifference grows, until we approach a point at which the conceptual gap between…