WHY DO WRITING INSTRUCTORS HAVE TO BASH SOMETHING DIFFERENT? What off-puts me about many writing books and writing instructors is that they spend the first chapter or session bashing all the “archaic” and “outdated” and “meaningless” elements of story that have come before. It appears they must tear everyone else down so they can then […]
ARE WE TARGETING PRIMARILY MUSLIM COUNTRIES? Three times already in the paper today reporters have told me that the upcoming executive order is going to block immigrants from “six primarily Muslim countries”. Three times in the same paper! And I’ve only read 4 pages! Do any of these reporters know that there are more than […]
Still working away from work. And that’s the important thing for writers, artists, athletes, business people, everyone. Practice your craft every day, get better, even if you only have 15 minutes. You can spare 15 minutes.
If this is not a hearty, distinctively Southern way to start one’s day, then I’m a Sicilian woman with implants. Paula Deen would make me King. Obviously, my wife is not here to save me from my culture.
It’s one thing to write a story, compose music, or paint a landscape; it is another to create the work itself so that there is a distinction about what is it (a detective novel, a sonata, or a still life) and what is it really about (end of life as we know it, a protest […]
My 12-year-old son never played football before until this year. He didn’t have an interest. He didn’t like the pain. This year, though, something changed. He’s the top sacker so far for the Jr. Varsity (the 7th Grade team). He’s got the size and learned to play the game well enough that the coaches let […]
One of my dear friends overreacted and made disparaging remarks about a presidential candidate choosing to avoid a national debate for the solid reason that one of the “bimbo” (his words) journalists there scared him (and, of course, this candidate rightly thinks that he should have the job anyway as CEO [as all undergraduates with […]
I just read the First Amendment again. Suppressing freedom of expression or assembly – no matter how noxious – under the guise of inclusiveness, political correctness, censorship, or any mode of limitation – is a direct violation of the rights of all of us. People have the right to speak their minds in whatever fashion […]
We’re all about soul-searching and personality-typing these days, so I’ve come up with my own system of psychoanalysis. Thought I’d throw it in the ring. Personality test: What kind of chips do you eat? 1) You’re a health nut and don’t eat anything fried. But if you had to, home-made kale chips, seasoned with extra virgin olive […]
Last night, my son informed me that he didn’t like poetry. “Why not?” I asked. He said it was boring and he didn’t like all the rhyming. This morning, off the cuff over eggs, I made up a little ditty (not too original since it’s based on the 300-year-old limerick and the poor Nantucket girl, […]