Tag Archives: Charles Baxter

The Story Prize 2016: A Tremendous Empathy

I recently reviewed a couple of books about patterns; similar subjects, different approaches. One dealt with patterns found in nature, in utilitarian objects, in random occurrences. The other examined the lore behind classic patterns—why the polka in polka dots, the etymology of “seersucker” (from the Hindi śīrśakkar, meaning “milk and sugar,” for the fabric’s alternating […]


To NaNo or Not to NaNo?

Now that the midterm elections are over, the burning question this November seems to be whether National Novel Writing Month is worth your time or not. Salon’s Laura Miller, in an article entitled Better yet, DON’T write that novel, has suggested there are enough novelists pounding away out there already, thanks, and people’s time might […]