The Guts and Success of a Writer

What is it that makes a writer successful? Is it her storytelling ability? His elegance in word use? Her trust in an editor and agent in forging her inspiration into a piece of literature? All of this, of course, because turning out a book of essays, a novel, a collection of poetry, in the modern…

Odds and Ends

  I admit I haven’t been keeping up very well with my favorite writers, one being Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk. Some, like Pamuk are well known world-wide but almost ignored in the U.S. His work is, as are many European novels, complicated affairs that upon careful reading will endear. His latest is The Red Haired…

Democracy Down, Autocracy Up

Fear, by Bob Woodward To be honest, I was a little disappointed in this book. I had read about the hours of interviews, the digging for facts by this co-exposer of the 1970s Watergate scandal, and, I admit, I was expecting political dirt of the highest order. What the British dossier held. The so-called pee…

Writer’s Tip #2

Despite the growing fame of alternative facts, and perhaps it’s part of the human urge in the early 21st century for meaning, readers crave authenticity nowadays. And the subject matter doesn’t really matter, as long as what’s written is real. Philip Roth, in one of his novels, felt compelled to write a mini-treatise on gloves,…

So You Want To Be A Writer

So you ‘re thinking that writing would be a great gig; you would be your own boss, forget “The Man,” and make a bunch of money. All you’d have to do is make up stories, which would be sorta like lying, the talent you used to have with your Mom when she figured you were…

The Strengths of a Few Good People

I rarely do this, humble creature that I am, but this book deserves not to be lost in the print-pile of so many writerly aspirations out there. WE ARE STRONG BUT WE ARE FRAGILE was written in the run-up to a presidential election, the story a cautionary tale of a society devolved because the wrong…

Oh, the Difference!

  According to a number of studies, men tend to prefer reading non-fiction and women fiction. Why is that? I’m treading on dangerous turf in genderizing reading habits, but here goes. Despite the advances women have made world-wide in social issues, politics, and the job market, it remains a men’s world – for the time…