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 […]

Man’s Search for Meaning

Well, I’m not sure what I think about Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. It’s a classic with millions of copies in print. There must be something to  this book, right? Millions have read it and that means millions have talked about it. There are thousands of reviews for each edition on Amazon. And, yet…I feel […]

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I’ve been having this experience lately where I’m very conscious that the movie based on a book is rarely as good as the book. For example, The Wife by Meg Wolitzer. The book is so much better. The movie removes the lesbian daughter and the son is neuritic in the movie, but in the book […]

Just Kids

I just finished listening to Patti Smith read her book, Just Kids.  I love life journey stories. I love hearing how people I respect and admire traveled to the place that I (along with millions of others) got to discover them. This is the story of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe and how they became those […]