The Best Writing of the Week | Toni Morrison

I'm reading one of those books that I kept hearing about, again and again, but never really wanted to read. Then I bought and read the very excellent Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor. He puts the book in question in his "Literature Masterclass", with three other works of staggering genius: … Continue reading The Best Writing of the Week | Toni Morrison

The Most Disturbing Writing of the Week

So, every now and then I come across writing that is so good that I feel an urge to share (see for instance here, here, here and here). This time, however, I have something a little different. The author's name is Poppy Z. Brite and the book is The Living Dead. The Living Dead is an … Continue reading The Most Disturbing Writing of the Week

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 … Continue reading The Best Writing of the Week | Elmore Leonard

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, … Continue reading The Best Writing of the Week