HENRY MILLER’S BLACK SPRING

I’ve just finished Henry Miller’s Black Spring, among memoirs I’ve been reading for research on an upcoming book. A 20th-century American writer from Brooklyn, Miller (1891-1980) created a unique type of novel now known as Fictionalized Autobiography. His work has been criticized, especially in his early days, as being overly explicit. And much of it is. … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR JULY

July’s writer’s quote comes from the great Colombian novelist, short-story writer, journalist, and screen-writer Gabriel Jose de la Concordia Garcia Marquez (1927-2014), one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. “As a writer, I’m merely a journalist who has learned to write better than others.” “It is much more  important to write than to … Continue reading

ROAD TRIP TO THE COTTAGE

Our 6th fabulous road trip to the cottage for the summer took us through Zion, the Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone, the Little Big Horn Battlefield, the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers, and across the North Shore of Lake Superior. Here are a few ‘literary’ highlights: “The Grand lift of the Tetons . . … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR JUNE

Michael Francis O’Donovan (Frank O’Connor) (1903-1966) is an Irish writer with more than one hundred fifty works to his name. He is most known for his short stories, though he was also a literary critic, novelist, and poet. Much of his writing is autobiographical, most notably The Man of the House based on his childhood in County Cork.   “As … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR MAY

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (1885-1972) was an American poet and critic who lived in London, where he worked as an editor of several literary magazines, helping to promote the work of contemporaries T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost, and Ernest Hemingway. He is best known for his unfinished epic, The Cantos. “Poetry is a composition of … Continue reading

JOHN UPDIKE’S THE BROWN CHEST

Just finished a short story collection that contained John Updike’s The Brown Chest. Some of the best writing anywhere in a moving slice of life story. Here’s a couple of excerpts. “In the first house he lived in, it sat up on the second floor, a big wooden chest, out of the way and yet not. … Continue reading

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

In honor of Earth Day, here’s a 19th century Tewa Indian prayer.                           Song of the Loom. O our Mother the Earth, O our Father the Sky, Your children are we, and with tired backs We bring you the gifts you love. Then weave for us a garment of brightness; May the warp by the … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR APRIL

John Ruskin (1819-1900), was the primary English art critic of the Victorian era. He also wrote on a great variety of subjects in equally varied styles and forms including essays, lectures, poetry, manuals, and travel guides. He even wrote a fairy tale. Here’s what he had to say about reading, writing, books, and art. “A … Continue reading

MRS. DALLOWAY

On March 28, 1941, Virginia Woolf, in the depths of a deep depression, filled the pockets of her overcoat with stones, walked into the River Ouse near her home, and drowned. She was fifty-nine years old. In honor of her brilliant career, here’s a fragment of her outstanding novel, Mrs. Dalloway. “Shredding and slicing, dividing and … Continue reading

IN HONOR OF THE SPRING EQUINOX

A bit of poetry from Billy Collins for the first day of spring: TODAY If ever there were a spring day so perfect, so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze that it made you want to throw open all the windows in the house and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage, indeed, rip the … Continue reading

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