I had faith March wouldn’t let me down, unlike my crappy January and February. Lie: I had no such faith, but told myself things could hardly go further south. And there were no Olympics, no television distracting me. The TV reverted to its usual function: background noise for napping and covering the surface of my… Read More March in Review: Much more reading, many more books. That’s more like it.
I can tell you all about writing avoidance, ducking deadlines a specialty. Years spent working my arse off building creds lead to the point I’m at now, largely taking for granted review books still flowing in unabated, despite my sharp fall-off in actual production. Ding dong! Another package, toss it on the pile.… Read More writing sabotage: ask the master!
2017: A Year of Literary Nonfiction Celebrating British Women Writers Hat tip to nonfiction scribblers assiduously churning out new literary biographies and criticism about these iconic female authors each and every year. Convinced surely there could be no new angle, I’m always pleasantly surprised when out pops a new one. Wherever this New Idea… Read More New books about Austen, Woolf and the Brontës
“A philosophical question: if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? And if a woman who’s wholly alone occasionally talks to a pot plant, is she certifiable? I think that it is perfectly normal to talk to oneself occasionally. It’s not as though… Read More What I’m reading, what I’m writing
I’m chatty of late. But I need something to do, to stop my fidgety widgety. I also want to avoid cleaning house and take my mind off the creepy feeling I get when my piece (stop it) is back in the hands of an editor, after corrections. Know that almost unbearable feeling of exposure… Read More I don’t want to clean house for the party
Only a cocky, snobby brat would crow she immediately recognized the framework supporting a contemporary, Pulitzer-winning masterpiece of a novel as the bones of one of the novels of Dickens, right? A cocky, snobby brat or someone who’s read one hell of a lot of literature. Who majored in literature, thank you very much and… Read More Michiko Kakutani am I.