Marilynne Robinson on “the dance with language”

Author Marilynne Robinson is a true lover of words. In a recent New York Times Book Review essay, she divulged her love of the essentials of words, particularly in Emily Dickinson -- a poet of "parsimoniousness". As Robinson admits, with writing, she is drawn to that movement toward essentials, away from all secondary definitions, all … Continue reading Marilynne Robinson on “the dance with language”

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Arundhati Roy on “no excuses for bad art”

I wish to reaffirm that as a writer I have the right to state my opinions and beliefs Arundhati Roy remarks in  Power Politics (2001) -- vivid condemnation on the power of corruption and greed perpetrated by large corporations on the livelihoods of many poor and illiterate peoples of India. Roy, labeled a "writer-activist" -- which she … Continue reading Arundhati Roy on “no excuses for bad art”

Maya Angelou writes a letter to her younger self

In continuation of the theme of home and belonging, explored a little in my earlier post on Jeanette Winterson, I came across a beautiful letter from Maya Angelou, on the reliably inspirational Brainpickings, written to her younger self. Angelou's letter reminds the reader that no matter how bad things can go in life, there is always a … Continue reading Maya Angelou writes a letter to her younger self

Karl Ove Knausgaard on the most interesting thing he learned from a book

Last weekend's New York Times Book Review interviewed with the Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard, author most-famously of the 6-part autobiographical series My Struggle and the recently released Autumn, for their By the Book section. Every week authors answer bookish questions, such as "What's your favorite book?", or "What books are on your nightstand now?", among others. Here is my favorite … Continue reading Karl Ove Knausgaard on the most interesting thing he learned from a book