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 JANUARY

The brilliant British playwright and screenwriter, Tom Stoppard, was knighted in 1997. His prominent plays include Arcadia, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Stoppard also co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil, The Russia House and Shakespeare in Love. “I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect.” “You can’t open … Continue reading

Norman Maclean’s A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

The 1976 collection A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, was the only book Norman Maclean (1902-1990) published in his lifetime. He was eighty-four years old. I have not the faintest interest in fly fishing and yet this story is captivating not only for the power of its theme but for its remarkable and often … Continue reading

POEM FOR THE FALL EQUINOX

With the Fall Equinox our daylight hours shorten giving us time to pause and celebrate the power of light. George Campbell’s Litany is a short work of poetic simplicity, expressing deep gratitude. LITANY I hold the splendid daylight in my hands Inwardly grateful for a lovely day. Thank you life. Daylight like a fine fan spread … Continue reading

MOMAYA AWARDS EVENT IN LONDON

I have just received confirmation of the 2016 Momaya Awards event and book launch set for London (UK) on November 15th. As one of the writers to be published in the 2016 Momaya Press Anthology — chosen from twenty-five short-listed entries — I was invited to attend, but am sadly unable to. I look forward to reading … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR SEPTEMBER

Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946) was a New Jersey-born essayist and critic who became a British citizen in 1913. His Words and Idioms made him an authority on the correct usage of the English language. In his own writing he was a perfectionist who often took days to refine a sentence. His thoughts about writing and writers … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR AUGUST

Our Writer’s Quote for August addresses rejection and criticism. As writers, which one of us hasn’t had to deal with both? The upcoming  forthright though seemingly mean-spirited diary entry of Alice James, younger sister to William and Henry, may make us feel just a little bit better about it all. George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), … Continue reading

On the Death of Elie Wiesel

Last Saturday writer, political activist, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel died at the age of 87. A life-long advocate for tolerance and peace, he is probably best known for his moving memoir Night. His writings are filled with sage advice. In honor and remembrance, here are just a few of his wise words: “The … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR JULY

This being Canada Day, I thought it appropriate to take our author’s quote for July from the great Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist and environmental activist Margaret Eleanor Atwood. “A word after a word after a word is power.” “All writers feel struck by the limitations of language.” “Fiction is not necessarily about what … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR JUNE

This month’s writer’s quote comes from Peggy Anderson, an American author and journalist who passed away this past January. “The hardest part about writing is sticking it out.” Peggy Anderson is best known for her non-fiction book, Nurse (1979), which detailed the life of a nurse and was made into both a movie and a TV … Continue reading

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