The Next Big Thing | My Work in (little) Progress

Every now and then I seethe with envy as I see bloggers tagged and awarded by other bloggers, challenged to take part in a chain-blogging what-have-you. I thought of them as blackballing bastards that didn't give me the time of day (I may embellish somewhat). Until recently, that is.  It is with great pleasure that …

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The Best Writing of the Week | Elmore Leonard

I'm just finishing up Elmore Leonard's short story collection, Fire in the Hole. The book has nine stories that are all of the very highest quality and I bought it for two main reasons: I wanted to get a taste for Mr. Leonard, whom I had not read before and... it contains a short story, Fire …

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The Best Writing of the Week

I started reading A Tale of Two Cities last week, and in chapter five I found an amazing passage. The passage describes a voice. Many writers, lesser writers than Dickens, might use a single adjective. "Raspy", perhaps, or "feint". But Charles Dickens, who is now my favorite author, goes all in when describing a voice, …

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Reading Pathways | Michael Ondaatje

I’m entering Book Riot’s START HERE Write-In Giveaway. I was originally introduced to Ondaatje's books because I don't speak any Danish. As a child I moved out of my native Iceland because my father started working for the UN. I was subsequently enrolled in American schools, first in Israel and then in Croatia. In Iceland, Danish is …

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