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

Weekly Inspiration, the “creative act” of reading

I'm backlogged like you wouldn't believe, but here it is: this week's Inspiration post. In a recent and in-depth interview with PW.org, or the Poets and Writers Magazine, Laura Miller of Slate magazine, and the co-founder of Salon, an online-only magazine, Miller was asked about her reason for writing about writing (and reading) for a literary column. Her answer … Continue reading Weekly Inspiration, the “creative act” of reading

Friday Inspiration from Marguerite Yourcenar

I just finished the fabulous read Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar (aka Marguerite de Crayencour – her pseudonym is an inexact anagram of her real name). It’s a delightfully astute book, deep and meditative. Not a perfect beach read per-se by some standards, but if you’re like me and appreciate the challenge of her … Continue reading Friday Inspiration from Marguerite Yourcenar