What I’m reading

I couldn’t believe it. When I finished “Scantily Clad Submissive Women,” I felt both satisfied and wanting more. It worked, yet felt like it could keep going. Days later, while chucking away at my own writing, I thought of that crippled man on a porch, in a Hawaiian shirt, watching the women, while talking to [...]

"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 [...]

Yesterday I was talking about the empathy of Walt Whitman, a fraternal spirit of equality that if we kept in mind would allow us to listen to each other and have discussions about big issues rather than shouting matches. However there is another side to Whitman's empathy, that D.H. Lawrence points out: perhaps it's just [...]

The right words to say the big things has been on my mind. I can yell at the top of my lungs why it's wrong for you to believe ______. What's harder is finding the right place in your mind for truly listening. Walt Whitman sets an example of how to do that. I've been [...]

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 [...]