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Creative Writing Workshop (6): Signpost

Knut Hamsun once said, in response to a questionnaire, that he wrote to kill time.  I think that even if he were sincere in stating it thus he was deluding himself.  Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery.  The adventure is a metaphysical…

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Creative Writing Workshop (5): Signpost

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.  Everything that filled them for others, so it seemed, and that we dismissed as a vulgar…

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Creative Writing Workshop (4): The Reading Life

How can it be that the act of reading is like making art?  What would that mean?  What good would it do to turn one’s life over to reading in some specifically artistic way?  And how would such a decision lead to a career in…

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Creative Writing Workshop (3): Getting Started

We come into the world screaming for food and attention.  The scream is our first language, a vocalization that later becomes a cry, a coo, a pleasurable burble, and when the time is right, a first primitive word.  Unlike learning to read and write, which…

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Creative Writing Workshop (2): Getting Started

I’ve made a claim that there is an intimate connection between the craft of writing and the act of reading.  You might question this claim on empirical grounds.  Surely, there have been writers whose craft is first rate, but who haven’t read much.  Maybe there…

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Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall by Frank Brady

Brady, Frank, Endgame:  Bobby Fisher’s Remarkable Rise and Fall (Crown Publishing Group, New York, 328pp, $25.99) In the end he was alone, dying of a kidney disease for which he refused treatment by Reykjavik’s medical specialists, mistrusting doctors on principle and suspecting their motives.  Years…

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Into the Silence by Wade Davis. An Instant Classic of Mountaineering.

Wade Davis is the current National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.  But he’s much more than that!  Ethnologist, botanist, eco-traveler, master historian—and a writer whose prose glows, that’s Wade Davis.  Here’s a review of his masterwork of mountaineering, the human soul, and World War I. Davis, Wade.  Into…

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Wichita Kansas Big Read: Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon!

I’ve been named Chairman of the Wichita, Kansas Big Read.  Here’s a lecture I prepared about Dashiell Hammett and American Crime Fiction.   In 1929 Samuel Dashiell Hammett was thirty-five years old, tubercular to the point that he was often racked by coughing spells brought…

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Jack’s Boy: An Alcoholic Childhood Now Available as an E-Book.

Jack’s Boy was a difficult book to write and when I was finished with the first draft I could barely stand to revise it.  I only hope that a kid somewhere will read it and realize he or she isn’t alone; or, that a parent might…

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The Moon When Water Freezes Now Available in E-Book Form!!!

I am pleased and happy that The Moon When Water Freezes is now available to young readers as an e-book.  I think the novel could appeal to readers of all ages, however.  Many of the people and events relate to people and events that I’ve…

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