Churchill and Orwell

Just finished Churchill and Orwell: Fight for Freedom. Just finished Churchill and Orwell: Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks. I don’t know what to think. I don’t really know what the goal of this book was. It certainly didn’t meet my expectations based on the title. And, it was a NYT bestseller, so lots of […]

Flight Behavior

I don’t know how it’s happened, but until now, I’ve never read any of Barbara Kingsolver’s novels. The first I discovered, Flight Behavior. She takes the majority of the first chapter describing a character and her life. It feels like breaking all the writing rules. We’re not in the middle of action or change. We […]

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

I read/reread Orlando by Virginia Woolf this weekend. I remember being 21, playing a production of Ain’t Misbehavin‘ at a dinner theater in Florida when I was reading it the last time. That was several decades ago, and I remember that it didn’t make sense to me, I couldn’t keep the storyline in my head, […]

Becoming

I LOVED Becoming by Michelle Obama. I opted, as I so often do, for the audio version. This allowed me to spend more than 19 hours with the former First Lady. The book is thoughtfully and well written. There are clear messages and themes of becoming. It’s interesting to me to see the journey of […]

Zen in the Art of Writing

Zen in the Art of Writing by Bradbury has been a great influence on my writing career. I love one of the returning refrains throughout this collection of essays, that we need to show up and write every day (his prescription is 1000 words a day and a short story a week) and that through quantity […]