Albany Journal – 7/12/12

I went to the Wirters Institute last night not expecting much.  But I found something much better – Rossana Warren and her wonderful, skillful poetry, and Margot Livesey’s incredibly well-written novel.  The writer Honor Moore introduced Warren, and as it turned out, I found Warren’s work to  rely upon the postulates and axioms of sound, bringing… More

Walden Deck

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living… More

Albany Journal – 7/11/12

I don’t know how it exactly happened, but for some reason I fell asleep for three days and just came to consciousness last night.  I was playing softball with other recovering people on Friday last week when the temperature hovered around 93 degrees.  I ran a lot, hit the ball when I could, and played… More

Guide to the Guides: Aspects of the Novel

I hope those of you trapped in the heat wave are finding a way to stay cool. Whether you’re at the beach or locked inside with AC blaring, what better way to pass the time than reading a book about fiction writing (or at least my opinion of one). Today, I’m looking at E.M. Forster’s… More