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.”
The featured image is of a new book for my journey, Divine and Human and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Peter Sekirin. I very much look forward to reading these. I am on page 145 of Volume XVI of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, or at Chapter XXVII of The… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 21, 2017: ”Art begins where the tiny bit begins.”
The featured image, Master and Man by Charles Copeland, is the frontispiece from Volume XVI of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi. I am on page 70 of this volume, that is, I have finished Master and Man and am up to Chapter IV of The Kreutzer Sonata. I had wondered in previous blogs if I… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 18, 2017: “And again he hears the summons of that one who had before called him.”