I'm honestly a bit shocked at how resistant I've been to this book the whole year. I knew it would be "hard," so I kept putting it off. But I love Infinite Jest and Gravity's Rainbow and a bunch of hard books. This book has a reputation it doesn't deserve. I didn't think it was… Continue reading Year of Mysteries, Part 9: The Name of the Rose
I've been thinking a lot about what to do on this blog. I'm not thrilled about "book reviews," not that I do those often, because there are a million reviews out there for every single book. No matter how good mine are, they won't add much to that noise. I'm also not thrilled with the… Continue reading Let’s Get Experimental
I often find some really bad sentences in books I read. I wanted to start a series in which we look at why they are bad and how to fix them. Unfortunately, I'm a bit stuck on how to proceed. I really want this blog to lift up excellent books and art. I don't want… Continue reading Found Clunkers, Part 1
Let me start by saying that I appreciate all the free content people in the self-publishing world put out. It's quite generous and high quality. There must be ten or more hours of podcasts each week that come to my phone, not to mention blog posts and youtube and e-mails. That's just me, meaning it's… Continue reading Are the Self-Publishing Gurus Out of Touch?
I'm abandoning the embarrassment of having a "...is awesome" set of posts. If I find awesome stuff, I want to share it. Less is a novel by Andrew Sean Greer, and it won the Pulitzer Prize this year. I've been steering clear of prizewinners over the past few years, because the politics of who wins… Continue reading Less is Awesome
Do you know the difference between character and caricature in writing? This article gives the distinction and a method for striking the right balance. Your characters need your help.
If you've been around this blog this year, then you know I fell into a bit of a slump. I was reading things, but nothing seemed to connect. In fact, it all seemed derivative, flat, and downright bad. I've gotten out of that somehow, and I seem to have hit a period where most things… Continue reading The Three-Body Problem is Awesome