ArtsWeek: Where can you go for free e-books?
A question arose in a comment thread on an earlier post. To wit: I love reading, and Kindle is cool, but books are expensive. (Okay, that’s really more of a statement than a […]
ArtsWeek: Dinosaurs, dodo birds, books and novelists
After my first novel was published, I was invited to be on a panel at writing convention. In response to a question, I said that books and novels were endangered species. I […]
Richard Hugo, Anne Lamott, and me: You're never the same reader twice
I have developed a habit over the years of dog-earring pages in the books I read as a way to remind myself of passages that resonated with me as I read. I […]
Reading, writing, and doing good works
Retired people in China do many things during the course of the day to keep themselves occupied and physically fit. One especially interesting form of exercise is sidewalk poetry. A writer will […]
Is a GED better than a PhD?
I come from a family background that was conflicted on the question of education. On the one hand, my grandparents (who raised me from the time I was three) realized that whatever […]
Book race 2006: Bush versus Rove
In Bush Is a Book Lover at the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove chronicles his three-year-long Great American Reading Race with President Bush. He maintains that in the fiercest year of the […]
Why is it we can read but we’re not supposed to talk about it…?
My fellow Scrogue Denny Wilkins (Dr. Denny to you) passed along a great essay by Steve Wasserman, former editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review on the gradual disappearance of book […]