Category Archives: Los Angeles Review of Books

The Reader as Writer: Giraldi and His Gratuitous Grumblings

I don’t teach creative writing classes or attend MFA workshops or writers’ conferences, so I have no first-hand experience of the lamentable species William Giraldi is so annoyed about in his recent essay at the Los Angeles Review of Books: wannabe writers with “no usable knowledge of literary tradition [who] are mostly mere weekend readers […]

2012: My Year in Writing

I began my annual look back at 2012 with my small contribution to the Open Letters year-end feature. I’ll follow up soon with my regular survey of highs and lows from my reading and blogging year. But this year I thought I’d also take a moment to review the writing I’ve done this year for venues besides Novel […]

The Worth of Our Work (with Some Thoughts on Jonah Lehrer)

Alas, alas! This hurts most, this . . that, after all, we are paid The worth of our work, perhaps. — Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh The very smart and funny Adam Roberts has decided to put an end to his blog Punkadiddle. Iif you haven’t already had the pleasure, you should check out the archives – […]

Monday Miscellany: Getting My House in Order, Course Prep, & LA Review of Books

In part, I mean “getting my house in order” quite literally, in the sense that much of my time in the past week has been spent sorting out a household problem of the most unexciting kind. It sounds simple enough: some time ago our dryer began catching items in its edges and scorching them – […]

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