Archive for the 'Writing' Category

I GOT MINE, HAVE YOU ORDERED YOURS…?

January 16th, 2018

MUSE VS. DEMIURGE. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE…?

January 14th, 2018

So, I subscribe to the Merriam-Webster Word Of The Day email and this morning the word is Demiurge. If I had no idea what the word means—and I didn’t—I might attempt to parse the syllables and come up with half (demi) impulse (urge), and be completely wrong. Demiurge, according to MW is one that is […]

HOW WELL YOU WRITE≠WHAT YOU WRITE…

January 14th, 2018

Subject matter and technical skill are not connected in creative endeavors. As we’ve learned in recent months, a lot of very talented men are assholes. I learned this morning about racist statements made made by Eric Clapton. While I won’t be buying anymore of his music, I’m not about to toss all of his music […]

WHY SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE WRITES…

January 13th, 2018

Over the years I’ve learned of dozens of reasons why writers write, but Siddhartha Mukherjee’s may be one of the most unusual. Writing in Two hours writing, then a researcher knocks on the door with a pipette for The Guardian’s My Writing Day series, Mukherjee explains: Why do I write? Or why, for that matter, […]

WRITING PERFECTION IS A WALK, NEVER AN END…

January 12th, 2018

Ta-Nehisi Coates sat down for an interview with Dennis Young at Deadspin. Coates nailed the interview on the first question. Dennis Young: Right at the beginning of your book, you talk about the Cosby article and how it was in some ways a “failure.” And daily blogging is great because you can fail all the […]

A PROMETHEAN FIGURE NO ONE RECOGNIZED…

January 11th, 2018

From Robicheaux by James Lee Burke: He was the trickster from folk mythology who flung scat at respectability. But he was a far more complicated man, in essence a Greek tragedy, a Promethean figure no one recognized as such, a member of the just men in Jewish legend who suffered for the rest of us. […]

KOBI LIBII GRADUATES FROM CITIZEN J SCHOOL…

January 11th, 2018

Previously: FOR ONLY $1,500 YOU TOO CAN MAKE SHIT UP…!

STRONG RACIAL IDENTITY FIGHTS THE PUSHOUT…

January 11th, 2018

So, I finished reading Monique Morris’ excellent work: Pushout: The Criminalization Of Black Girls In Schools over the winter break and sent copies of my notes to some educators whose opinions I value. I haven’t heard back yet, but a story this morning on The Root (more on this below the fold) prompted me to […]

UNDERSTANDING THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS…

January 10th, 2018

As Picliucci begins to erect his scaffold for being a Stoic in the 21st century, he first focuses on two ideas: understanding the nature of the world and the nature of human reasoning: The theoretical framework of Stoicism is the idea that in order to live a good (in the sense of eudaimonic) life one […]

FOR ONLY $1,500 YOU TOO CAN MAKE SHIT UP…!

January 9th, 2018

BROWNS FANS NEED CIVIC LESSONS

January 7th, 2018

It was quite a show with thousands braving frigid Lake Erie weather to celebrate (berate?) (castigate?) (deflate?) their Cleveland Browns on a far below freezing Saturday. To get that many people out under those circumstances certainly places Browns fans among the most fanatical, or hapless of sports fans. They were (protesting, celebrating) you pick the […]

A BEAUTIFUL SENTENCE IS A JOY AND A BLESSING…

January 7th, 2018

Years ago, when I was first introduced to James Lee Burke’s prose, I balked. His style was not to my liking. Usually when this happens I don’t go back, but for some odd reason I did and I started reading with The Neon Rain and didn’t stop until I hit the end, of the, at […]

ANOTHER REASON GLADWELL’S 10,000 IS WRONG…

January 7th, 2018

When I’m asked How long does it take you to write a novel? I’m never sure how to answer. My stock response is Somewhere between 15 years and 30 days. I had the kernel of the idea for my first—still unpublished—novel, how the first murder would take place, about 15 years before I finished Cold […]

ORWELL, WEEK 1: THE SPIKE

January 7th, 2018

So, in the interest of changing my routine for 2018, I’m adding the reading of one essay by George Orwell to my Sunday mornings. I’ll be reading then in the order that they were were published—or at least as close to that order as I can ascertain since publication dates are not always readily available. […]

A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION I FULLY SUPPORT…

January 6th, 2018

If you don’t already subscribe to Jill Miller Zimon’s Writes Like She Talks, you should. I’ve enjoyed reading Jill’s post this week after a year-long blog hiatus. In her weekend post Jill writes: Thank you to everyone reading WLST. On one hand, I can’t believe I didn’t write a single word here throughout 2017. On […]

RODENTS USE TREADMILLS, YOU CAN TAKE A WALK…

January 2nd, 2018

When I was in my early teens, and later in college, I had hamsters as pets. Anyone who has had a pet rodent know the scree, scree, scree sound of the exercise wheel to nowhere. Rodents never learn how to get from nowhere to now here. Humans can learn that lesson. The skill is recognize […]

IS WRITING A RESOLUTION FOR YOU IN 2018…?

December 31st, 2017

Caveat: The books below represent a temptation. An excuse not to write. You must resist long enough to read one essay, Walter Mosley’s For Authors, Fragile Ideas Need Loving Every Day. I consider Mosley words to be so vital that I have framed them to the right of my typewriter and I read that essay […]

FOR YOUR EDIFICATION IN THE COMING NEW YEAR…

December 31st, 2017

REALITY… WHAT AN ILLUSION…*

December 30th, 2017

My personal definition of spirituality is how we emotionally deal with our personal reality. There is Reality and there is reality. The former is what Phillip K. Dick meant when he wrote in the short story I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon: She wanted a one-sentence answer. I thought about it and finally said, “Reality […]

MY PRACTICAL SPIRITUAL EXERCISE FOR JANUARY…

December 30th, 2017

In the final chapter of his book, How To Be A Stoic, Massimo Picliucci offers 12 practical spiritual exercises. In the coming year I’m going to devote one month to each of these exercises. For January I begin with: Examine Your Impressions. “So make a practice at once of saying to every strong impression, ‘An […]

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