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When I was young Coolio’s “Gangster’s Paradise ” was always on the radio. It was everywhere, it was catchy, and it gave you the impression that there was some deeper meaning in the lyrics, as if in those words a greater truth could be found. I was in the third grade when I thought that. Here, [...]

For the last few days I’ve been battling with a cold and so this will be brief. Something that I’m currently reading is called The Story Grid, by Shawn Coyne. It’s a book on writing and editing craft (which is something I’m always trying to learn more of). I haven’t finished it yet and so [...]

“We are in Transylvania; and Transylvania is not England. Our ways are not your ways, and there shall be to you many strange things.” Vlad Tepes, AKA Dracula, from Dracula by Bram Stoker So I recently read Dracula and in it is wonderful words of wisdom that are perfect for quotes out of context. For the [...]

Sometime in middle school we had to read Dracula. It doesn’t really matter what you have to read at that age, you just assume it’s no good that moment when you look at the stack of books against the wall and the teacher says “you have to get a copy.” But Dracula truly wasn’t good. It [...]

So for the last few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of being a guest on the radio program The Bookend on TBS eFM 101.3. It’s a show about good books. There should be more shows about books. I’ve been part of panels about Rilke, T.S. Eliot, Jeanette Winterson and Erin Morgenstern (an episode titled appropriately: Roundtable(Female Authors)). You can listen [...]

If you read nothing else this week, it will still be great week. I’m talking about “The Case for Psychic Distance.” This story gently leads you into the living room a learning writer. It’s funny. Its smooth. Silky in the way that reads like so many other stories about being a writer. And just when you [...]

Very, very soon, I’ll be staring at a computer in a cubical taking the GRE exam. If you apply for grad school, you too will likely have the same pleasure. The GRE has changed since the last time I took it six years ago: you write essays in addition to the multiple choice hell. So [...]

Sometimes you read a story that sets you right in the seat of a chicken bus. “Switchback 1994” is one of those stories. You start off on a bus, on a mountain of rural China, and you dive in to a tragedy and a story that sticks with you. Jack Livings is a guy who [...]

 When someone mentions The Shining I, like google, think of Jack Nicholson in the 1980 movie. Yes I knew it was a book, but it was just one of those things that I never really bothered reading. Then on a whim, which had nothing to do with seeing the price at 1.99 for Kindle (I imagine [...]