If you look for a quote on gratitude to spice up an email, tweet, or Facebook post this Thanksgiving season, one of the top ones you'll find is by American novelist and essayist Cynthia Ozick: "We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." It's everywhere:...
The majority of books on dementia are filled with information about the painful problems Alzheimer's caregivers face, but this one focuses on the joy one can have when interacting with loved ones living with dementia. And hope is exactly what if offers.
Bruce Cook (1932-2003),
HUAC House Un-American Activities Committee,
Helen Mirren Trumbo,
Bryan Cranston Trumbo,
Bruce Cook's Trumbo, reissued as a tie-in to a major motion picture starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren, delves into the life, jail-time and, most importantly, the "blacklisting" of James Dalton Trumbo.
The movie Carol, starring Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara, opened in New York and Los Angeles last weekend. Carol, which has gotten rave reviews and is generating Oscar talk, is based on The Price of Salt, a novel by Patricia Highsmith.
How To Prepare Your Writing Life For The New Year,
Journaling Tips For The New Year,
New Year Journaling,
Prepare For The The New Year,
Preparing Writers For The New Year,
As writers, we are getting ready to close out another year of ferocious writing. Like all other aspects of our lives, there are plenty of ways that we can get ourselves prepared for the New Year.
Originally published on Kirkus. For the full list of the Best Picture Books of 2015, click here.
Houston Public Poetry,
Poetry Reading Series,
Word Around Town,
In the time that I have lived here, since the late 1990s, Houston has become quite the poetry town. There is so much poetry of so much diversity from so many different kinds of poets coming out pretty much every day that one can hardly keep up.
Salmon In Parchment Paper,
It's really quite fun and simple. You can see results right away: you just focus on a virtue (like courage, resourcefulness, friendliness or wonder), cook up an appropriate recipe that reinforces that virtue and make the idea sizzle and stick.
Like any relationship, it's not easy breaking up with a manuscript, especially when you put so much time and effort into it, and at the end of the day there are still strong feelings involved. And it's even harder when it was your first.
If a young person of color is fed a steady diet of movies, television shows, and plays in which characters that look like her exist only on the margins, how can we expect her to dream of taking center stage in school or work?
City Lights Books,
David Henry Sterry,
Learning To Die In The Anthropocene,
Nigeria Boko Haram,
Syrian Civil War,
Like many angry teenage idiots, I read "Howl" and it turned me into a poet. When I saw it was published by City Lights, I made it my mission to someday get there. When I first walked into the bookstore in North Beach, I felt like a pilgrim...
Greg Pardlo submitted "Digest," his slim book of poems, to the major publishers. All rejected it. He sent it to Four Way Books, which is, like the poet, literary and decidedly non-profit. In 2014, Four Way published his 75-page book.
Her conversational tone pulls the reader in, so that I felt like a new friend she was explaining her customs to, and not an unwelcome voyeur peeking through a window. Humorous, lighthearted, respectful but not unduly submissive, Soad Nasr's book gives a glimpse into one woman's life in the Middle East that will break down stereotypes and create space for real understanding.
Feeling washed up lately? You obviously need to catch the flow of success. "In the lobby of every business incubator there needs to be a bathtub, to get the ideas flowing. But to make it funktional, it needs to be used as a fish tank." ― Jarod Kintz,...
"We wanted the characters to be diverse in multiple ways so that lots of kids (and adults) would recognize themselves and their families in the illustrations."
Mark David Chapman,
Michael Lee Nirenberg,
New York City,
Rock n Roll,
After feverishly reading Robert Rosen's updated 15th anniversary eBook edition of Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon, you feel like you are inside The Dakota with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This isn't quite your average rock n roll...
Either way, I was letting what someone else thought of what I'd written determine how I should feel about what I'd written, and this is an untenable position for a writer.
The images are indelible. A body washed up on a beach like sea glass, flotsam from an overcrowded boat. It is said that history has a way of repeating itself. And for me, these images -- this vocabulary -- recall a story that is more than 70 years old. That of the refugee ship, the St. Louis.
Ahmed and the misguided uproar over his clock immediately reminded me of a novel that I love, Amy Waldman's The Submission. Typically, I turn to fiction to escape my day-to-day life, but sometimes we need to read stories that force us to reflect on and question the strangeness that is our reality, and this emotionally gripping and thought-provoking novel has stayed with me for that very reason.
(The following is the second part of a three-part fictitious short story. Read part one here and read part two here.) "Mr. Bardakçı, I've been meaning to tell you something since I arrived tonight," Kiera began....