When I heard my friend, Josh Bodwell, was editing (for David R. Godine Publishers, a series of the stories and novellas of Andre Dubus, I was re-infected with the bug that had bit me when I had read Dubus’s Voices From the Moon, a novella, and his last collection of stories, Dancing After Hours. I told him… Continue reading Andre Dubus, Collected Stories and Novellas
Here is a link to a review I did for Commonweal a while ago of a biography of Kierkegaard’s fiance, Regine Olsen: Philosophers Make Bad Husbands
Here is a link to an interview I did with Andre Dubus III in anticipation of the publication of his father’s Collected Stories and Novellas: Andre Dubus III on his father’s life and works Hope you enjoy it and go with the good and Happy Thanksgiving!
Well, here I go with the second week of a row blogging. Not much to say except that I’m glad the Democrats won the House, wish they had won the Senate, hope they can do something to fight the nationalistic tide. (I say this as an ex-conservative who read William F. Buckley, Jr. and Russell… Continue reading Lives of the Eminent Philosophers
I haven’t been on here for a while but Meredith Hall, author of the superb memoir, Without a Map, at the MWPA Harvest Writer’s Retreat advised me to work on publishing, sending stuff out, once a week. So this is my third week and I realized I could do a blog here on Mondays. So,… Continue reading Resolved: To Work on Publishing and Blogging Once a Week
Draft No. 4 John McPhee On the Writing Process by John McPhee Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25.00, 192 pages Nothing beats a kind teacher. One such was Mrs. Law, my third-grade teacher at Montrose Elementary School in Houston. She read us books, a chapter at a time, after lunch. We gathered in a circle,… Continue reading Draft No. 4: A Review
Here is a link to a review I did of three recent books on Thoreau: The Forest Was His Cathedral which appeared in America Magazine in its fall books issue.
Here is my latest review. It is of an Oxford Classic, On Life and Death by Cicero and it appears in The University Bookman: Philosophy for Life
Back in the saddle after a few weeks off. I placed as the featured illustration one from Austin Kleon’s Steal Like An Artist Journal to show that my dark night of the soul happened right on time, end of August, beginning of September. So I just stopped reading Tolstoy and decided to do my own… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, September 20, 2017: The Belly of the Whale
The featured image is the copy of Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander by Thomas Merton which I have been reading and which included a passage about Gandhi that reminded me much of Tolstoy, who, of course, was a big influence on Gandhi. Here’s the passage from Merton: p. 79: “Here is a statement of Gandhi that… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 23, 2017: “lying is the mother of violence.”