Keys

In response to a study that suggested that reading literary fiction might improve one’s social skills, novelist Louise Erdrich said, “Writers are often lonely obsessives, especially the literary ones. It’s nice to be told what we write is of social value.” However, I...

Celebrity

Every so often, someone sponsors a fund raiser that involves spending time with local athletes. We’re invited to buy a chance and if we win we get to have lunch and a game of golf, for example, with, say, Dustin Pedroia, the Red Sox second baseman. The television...

The Freedom of the Argyle

“I know a woman who compared writing a novel to knitting an argyle sock the size of a football field. I think that is very apt. It’s just such a struggle to shape it all up.” That quote from novelist Sue Miller is both amusing and correct. It is indeed a struggle to...

Mexico

When it comes to real life events, I have shabby memory. My wife tells me it’s selective, which is her way of being kind. I have friends who seem to recall every day of their lives and when they are recounting stories in which I played a part I cannot remember, I feel...

Writer’s Block

Years ago at the high school where I used to teach we had the chance to invite a working writer to visit and speak with some of our students. So long ago was this that I don’t recall what sort of things he wrote or where they were published. He was trim and fair and...

Marketing

The other day I was whining to a close friend about how disagreeable I find the whole business of self promotion that is regarded as necessary to selling one’s books, be they printed or e-books. In the middle of my rant, he interrupted and reminded me of the...