writing NOW & THEN: Entries from an author's life
October 13, 2009
HERE'S ANOTHER CURRENT POST!
THE OTHER NIGHT I WAS HONORED TO RECEIVE THE ALGONQUIN WEST HOLLYWOOD LITERARY AWARD. I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU THE THOUGHTS THAT THIS AWARD PROMPTED IN ME...
It seems to me that literature is teetering on the brink of obsolescence. Youtube and twitter, and facebook, and 900 cable channels are only part of the problem. I am part of the problem, I think. Iím not doing nearly enough to defend good writing.
So I thought Iíd take a few minutes to remind myself why quality writing still deserves defending.
To my mind, the most compelling virtue of literature is that, short of telepathy, itís our only means of inhabiting someone elseís thoughts word for word. (more…)
September 21, 2009
16 YEARS AGO, I WROTE THE FOLLOWING IN MY JOURNAL. IT SUMS UP BETTER THAN I COULD TODAY WHY I'VE DECIDED TO LAUNCH THIS BLOG, MINING JOURNALS PAST AND PRESENT FOR THOUGHTS, QUESTIONS, AND INSIGHTS THAT STRIKE ME AS STILL RELEVANT TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE WRITING LIFE
For the past thirty years I've made a habit of writing a great many words that I expect never to read again. (more…)
writing NOW & THEN: entries from an author's life is a bit of personal time travel that I hope will also be of interest to you.
My mission is to excavate and extract entries from old journals that still resonate and perhaps even offer wisdom or insight into the life of writers today. What changes, and what remains the same? Isn't this a curious question that haunts us all?