The Best Writing of the Week | Show, Don’t Tell

I'm reading, among other books, Alice Walker's The Color Purple. And in a passage I just read I came across the clearest example of the power of showing instead of telling. One of the main characters in the book, a strong woman names Sofia, is leaving her husband to go stay with her sister. The… Continue reading The Best Writing of the Week | Show, Don’t Tell

What I’m reading right now? This.

I was asked to contribute a short video to Bookriot's Instagram So I did. Here are 15 seconds in which I say things about a book and am very conscious of my voice and face and accent and everything. http://instagram.com/p/uYbPyRn7AE/?modal=true Ok, after my initial feelings of awkwardness recording that (this is take.... 5, I think)… Continue reading What I’m reading right now? This.

A First Page to Turn The Stomach

"You better not never tell nobody but God. It'd kill your mammy." So begins Alice Walker's The Color Purple, and what a beginning it is. Immediately we get a sense that the speaker is at least uneducated and that the person he is speaking to has done something that they should not let their mother know… Continue reading A First Page to Turn The Stomach