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"It all comes out of that first line."-- E.L. Doctorow, 1931-2015

Writing advice and memories from prolific, revered literary American Novelist, E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime, The March, Billy Bathgate and more!)

From The New York Times (with video interview!) 262 more words


Blogging the Booker 2015 - 2 Suddenly, as rare things will, it vanished [Dante]

I am doing something which I do not ordinarily do. Writing a post about a book which I haven’t even finished. There is a good reason, so bear with me. 408 more words


It's Their Party

Sometimes the universe seems to nudge you in the direction it wants you to go. And sometimes the universe gets downright pushy.

Lately, I’ve written a string of blog posts about the treatment of classic literary characters, some after the authors’ passing, and some while the author’s still alive, but maybe not as on top of things as before. 198 more words

Building A Reading List

Having undergone a significant transition in my life–marriage!–I am finding myself with the amount of spare time that will allow me to get in more reading time. 227 more words


from The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

“But, she knew, you didn’t have to marry your soulmate, and you didn’t even have to marry an Interesting. You didn’t always need to be the dazzler, the firecracker, the one who cracked everyone up, or made everyone want to sleep with you, or be the one who wrote and starred in the play that got the standing ovation. 14 more words

And the winner is . . . . !

I’m sure everyone has been on the edge of their seats dying to know who the lucky duck would be to win the free copy of Katherine Anne Porter’s… 166 more words


Small leaps of fate

Fact #1: My favorite piece of music in the whole world has always been, and I suspect always will be, Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin… 196 more words