Weekend inspiration, on why we read and why you should keep a Book of Books

This week, I started (and finished) Pamela Paul's most recent book, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues. Paul is the current editor of the New York Times Book Review, and she's proven to be an adept writer as much as a voracious and passionate reader. This book is for book … Continue reading Weekend inspiration, on why we read and why you should keep a Book of Books

Friday Inspiration, from Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard's death earlier this week provoked a wealth of authors, admirers, and well-wishers to write or remember their experiences with him, including a moving and timely piece from the wonders over at Brainpickings. Sam Shepard was a man who wore many hats, with such talents crossing from author into play-writing and screenwriting, and sometimes … Continue reading Friday Inspiration, from Sam Shepard

Weekend Inspiration from Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy's non-fiction pieces are smart, polemic, and courageous. In her fiction, Roy tackles family dynamics, but her non-fiction tackles governments and big institutions alike. In her book The Cost of Living, there are two essays, one on Big Dams, titled "The Greater Common Good", and other other, titled "The End of Imagination" is on nuclear … Continue reading Weekend Inspiration from Arundhati Roy

Was William M. Thackeray a feminist?

I just finished reading Thackeray's most well-known novel Vanity Fair. The question as to whether Thackeray's Vanity Fair is a feminist novel has been sticking in my mind for a while now? And even further, so what constitutes a "feminist" novel? Thackeray's portrayal of women, complicated women makes for a good case: wily Becky Sharp and gentler … Continue reading Was William M. Thackeray a feminist?