“F” Reading

Yesterday I wrote about reading a young friend’s Facebook profile and discovering their immense hatred of reading. Today I press forward to take a look at some more Facebook-based reading hate. The thing about Facebook is most everything one types into their profile becomes a link to search for other people with similar interests, and … Read more

Teaching reading vs. teaching sex

I have met a lot of teenagers who don’t like reading, some of them outright hating it. They were forced to read a novel they considered boring or had too much reading homework for comfort or just didn’t understand the significance of Oedipus no matter how much their English teacher tried to explain, and so … Read more

Your Friday Recommendation #25

Due to a hectic schedule this week, I’m only one-third of the way through Neil Gaiman’s latest, The Graveyard Book, yet I feel pretty confident recommending it. A toddler who comes to be named Nobody Owens wanders out of his home and into a graveyard on the night his family is slain by a mysterious … Read more

Good Books = Good Movies?

One of my MFA compatriots, Bryan Johnson, recently wrote about film adaptations of novels and this week a few new publicity photos and an “insider scoop” about two novel-to-film adaptations coming up got me thinking this week… Two of my favorite modern novels, The Road by Cormac McCarthy and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, … Read more

Who’s read Bradbury’s “Zen in the Art of Writing”?

I picked up a copy of “Zen in the Art of Writing: Releasing the Creative Genius Within You” by Ray Bradbury at Half-Price Books and I’m wondering if anyone out there has thoughts on it before I crack it open. Bradbury is one of the first writers I read on a regular basis and I … Read more

Your Friday Recommendation #21

Find a story you’ve exclusively read on the page or listened to on audio book. Then, reverse it. If you’ve read a story, find the audio version and listen. If you’ve listened to an audio version only, get a print copy to read. I’m a big fan of audio books and I have plenty of … Read more

Browsing books in the store

I was in Walgreens this week waiting for my photos and wandered around the store for a while as the technician tried to fix the photo development machinery. Try as he might, he couldn’t fix the machine but my time spent waiting ended up with me doing something I haven’t done in a long time … Read more

Your Friday Recommendation #20

Scrawlers writer Andrew’s prize is in the mail (oh, Andrew, your prize is in the mail…) and I’m in the middle of re-reading today’s recommendation, On Writing by Stephen King. If you want a petty argument about the worth of taking the advice of a genre writer who appeals to the masses, with all due … Read more