. . .if we linger long enough with anything, the truth of its significance is bound to be revealed. For whatever reason, I feel like John D'Agata wrote a very personal message when he signed my copy of About a Mountain, though in reality, 'To Kameron, from whom I expect great things,' is rather generic.… Continue reading ‘About a Mountain’ by John D’Agata
The thing about a book like Locking Up Our Own is that it can leave you feeling a tad helpless. Not that James Forman Jr. didn't try his best. The call to action at the end of the book is lovely. But it's not a particularly uplifting read (hence it's pairing with beer instead of the usual… Continue reading ‘Locking Up Our Own’ by James Forman Jr.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a bit unusual in that it's not exactly creative nonfiction. It's more of a self-help type thing. Is that usually what I post about on this blog? Nope. But I'm a writer with a zero percent acceptance rate right now. I could use a little help. As always, I… Continue reading ‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz
At a workshop I attended once, my workshop leader asked us to say what we think makes a good piece of writing. Personally, I'd never thought much of that before, so I had to come up with something on the spot. The answer I gave then is the answer I'm sticking with now: a good… Continue reading ‘Sing For Your Life’ by Daniel Bergner