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OUT TAKES ...bits and pieces of story, research, and process

WHY WRITE?

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. I’m not doing nearly enough to defend good writing.

So I thought I’d 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, it’s our only means of inhabiting someone else’s thoughts word for word.  Read More 
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Writing Around Time

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.  Read More 
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