The Best Writing of the Week – Wuthering Heights

Sometimes you come across passages that remind you again of what good writing is. I just started the classic Wuthering Heights last night (yes, you need to read the classics) and was taken aback by a passage not just because of the quality of the prose but also by the tone. It was like the … Continue reading The Best Writing of the Week – Wuthering Heights

Two Awesome Quotes From The Hobbit’s 1973 Introduction

In my edition of The Hobbit, cheap mass-market paperback, there is an introduction by Peter S Beagle from 1973 that contains not one but two passages that are amazingly political and powerful. A Quote For Today, From 1973 The Sixties were no fouler a decade than the Fifties - they mere reaped the Fifties' foul … Continue reading Two Awesome Quotes From The Hobbit’s 1973 Introduction

Elephants Aglow – A Few Words About THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING

Elephants shouldn't glow. Humans shouldn't be careless with radioactive waste. But good writers should tell good stories, and that brings us to Brooke Bolander's The Only Harmless Great Thing. This tells the story of a woman and an elephant. The way the book is written may make the book slightly less appealing to readers, and … Continue reading Elephants Aglow – A Few Words About THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING

Raymond Chandler – A Growing Obsession

Raymond Chandler is the author I'm obsessing most over these days, and here's just a few of the reasons why: 1 - His prose Here are examples just from the start of The Little Sister, which I am now reading. The pebbled glass door panel is lettered in flaked black paint: 'Philip Marlowe... Investigations'. It … Continue reading Raymond Chandler – A Growing Obsession

The Silence of the Lambs and the Surprise it Holds for Writers

If you haven't read The Silence of The Lambs you are in for a treat. I am going to assume you've seen the movie, right? Well, there's a surprising element to the book, one that I had not expected when I read it. Since reading it, something I did to study how Thomas Harris pulled … Continue reading The Silence of the Lambs and the Surprise it Holds for Writers

Should We Delete Our Social Media Accounts?

I've been wondering recently about writers who are most productive. In my own quest to become as productive as possible (make writing a habit, set aside time each day, make myself accountable to someone...) I have overlooked one of the things that fucks up my productivity the most; the cost of constant context switching due … Continue reading Should We Delete Our Social Media Accounts?

Book Review – Her Body and Other Parties

How do you describe a book like Her Body and Other Parties to people? The book is a collection of long short stories and the collection as a whole is perhaps best summed up by the two quotes Carmen Maria Machado puts at the beginning of the book. My body is a haunted house that … Continue reading Book Review – Her Body and Other Parties

The Amazing First Paragraph of MORE THAN HUMAN

Theodore Sturgeon is not a household name by any means. But he was a fantastic writer. Here is the first paragraph of his book, More Than Human. The idiot lived in a black and gray world, punctuated by the white lightning of hunger and the flickering of fear. His clothes were many-windowed. Here peeped a … Continue reading The Amazing First Paragraph of MORE THAN HUMAN