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 […]

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 […]

A Place Called Freedom

Just finished Ken Follett’s novel, A Place Called Freedom. I’m a mixed fan of Follett. He creates these amazing, sweeping historic tales that cover a lot of ground. And, yet, there’s so little emotion on the page. It’s difficult to become emotionally invested in his characters (and even for long periods to tell them apart.) […]

Origin Story

Read Origin Story: A Brief History of Everything by David Christian. My whole life I’ve had questions about things like the universe and religion and the unrealistic stories that religion pushes up against science. There is, of course, so much we don’t know and while Christian does a good job of sharing what we do […]