I have only read Laurie Penny online, but now she is on my list of writers to watch. (This is also how I discovered Rebecca Solnit, author of the fantastic Men Explain Things to Me.) Here are three of Penny's recent essays, written in response to the wave of sexual harassment revelations made in recent months. I … Continue reading The Writing of Laurie Penny
Happy Halloween! Here's a good read for you: the true story behind the “true story” of the notorious Long Island home, the site of a terrible murder and then the basis of scores of books and movies. I remember reading this book as a tween and being absolutely convinced it was all true (I have … Continue reading The True, Twisted Story of Amityville Horror
Anybody getting excited for the new movie adaptation of IT? I am not sure it will be as good as The Gunslinger, but my hopes are high, as IT is probably the Stephen King book I have read more than any other. (Its competition is The Stand--I can't remember which one I've read more times.) I don't quite feel up … Continue reading Stephen King’s IT Parade: The Booklist Reader
Calling all readers! If you follow the annual Tournament of Books held by the Morning News, you may want to take part in their summer reading challenge. It's only six books over the summer, so it's perfectly doable. I've read one of the selections, Ill Will by Dan Chaon, which I recommend if you like your books … Continue reading Are you ready for a summer reading challenge?
I've been editing off and on for several years now, but I am going to be ramping up my freelance business over the next few months. Here is the sacred oath that all editors should strive to uphold (source: copyediting.com).
Consider donating to help our local library recover from flooding. The Main Orange County Public Library sustained significant flooding during the winter storm this past week. Most of the damage occurred in the Teen Room and the Children’s sectio… Source: Emergency Fund-Raising to Repair Flood Damage to Orange County Public Library
His situation, insofar as he was a machine, was complex, tragic, and laughable. But the sacred part of him, his awareness, remained an unwavering band of light. -- Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut
Author Susan Hill delves into why we love scary books, especially as the weather gets colder, and recommends some classic ghost stories in this piece in the Guardian.
Here's a great piece about Ursula K. Le Guin being published by Library of America. She's a feisty old broad, and I mean that in the most affectionate way.
I am currently taking a course in editing, and I thought this gem shared by the professor was worth saving: "More is less." Cut as much as you can without losing meaning and you may have it. If you don't need the words for the poetry of the language and you don't need the words … Continue reading More is less…