The Craft of Writing

Always curious as to what another writer says about writing, I picked up Lessons From a Lifetime of Writing: A Novelist Looks At His Craft by David Morrell of First Blood (Rambo) fame.  He offers up a lot of hard-earned wisdom—in categories like writer’s block and plotting and structure—if you’re interested. He begins wit the […]

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Explaining E-Readers to Charles Dickens

A few bookish surprises for this beautiful Saturday morning. Rebecca Greenfield’s The Atlantic piece, “Designing a 19th-Century Kindle: An E-Reader for Dickens,” is a must-see.  Clever. Check out Milan-based street artist Guildor’s floating word art.  Ahhh.  Love it. Are you sleepy?  Here’s a dream come true…a book you can sleep in.  Zzzz… Peruse favorite final […]

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Sail Away

A little nostalgia here. I had Enya’s Watermark in college.  Every morning and every afternoon, on my way to crew practice, I’d turn it up in the car.  My car…a cathedral.  Her music…a sanctuary.  I loved the words, the sounds, the upbeat happiness. And I rowed like the wind.   [Post image: Sailing in the […]

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God of Carnage

Last Saturday, Dan and I attended the French playwright/novelist Yasmina Reza’s extraordinary play “God of Carnage” at the Guthrie.  I would highly recommend it if you’re in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  You’re out of luck in Los Angeles and Chicago, because alas, it recently ended in both those locations. Here’s a few snippets from the […]

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Growing Things

We are officially green.  After what seemed an eternity, the crabapple trees are blossoming (white!  pink!  red!), and we’re seeing the fresh, lime green leaves uncurl on the branches.  Such a happy color—green.  Don’t you think? Thought I’d share a couple of projects Liliana has been working on. First, her fairy garden.     A […]

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The quote I live by

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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