Everyone should read 'The War on Women' because such accounts of real, everyday suffering, abuse and oppression teach us just how real and how systemic this war is.
To do just the one thing is such an obvious piece of wisdom, but it is often forgotten. Upon finishing 'Stoner: A Novel', it seemed pertinent that writing this post be the one thing I do.
My review of Jonathan Lethem's 'The Ecstasy of Influence' may have been quite little, but the thoughts it sparked were a quite big. So hop on board this train of thought about influence and intimidation.
Finally I can offer a little review of Jonathan Lethem's 'The Ecstasy of Influence' because I have at long last finished it. It only took me two and a half years.
Welcome, one and all, to 2015. It's the year of adventure and I am back (with gay abandon) to typing in my notebook.
The less you write, the less you are a writer. But when you keep worrying about what's happening next, there's no time to expand upon what's happening now.
The tale of a love long unrequited, but for once not only at last returned but done so with more passion and depth than I ever thought possible.
Seamus Heaney died this week, and with his poem 'Blackberry-Pickings' he has reminded me of the importance of honesty and the danger of influence when experiencing the disappointments of life.
Gershwin and his oysters got me thinking about popular culture, artistic merit and the gifts we get from kindly creatives.
The New Yorker in the bath, writing gloves, Greg Proops and all the things that do and will have one particular thing in common.
Coffee got me through the basics this weekend, but no further, so today I have left the creativity up to others. They're very good at it.
In order to be a better writer, you have to be psychotic. That is, a person who needs multiple identities in order to give the impression of an erudite whole.
Chuck Palahniuk, cheesecake and a sofa...does it get any better?
Arresting. Emotionally wrenching. Gripping. Brilliant: my first venture outside the 2013 book bubble.
Making a non-New Year's resolution to step boldly outside of my literary comfort zone.