Ron Yates’ ‘Make It Right’

Ernest Hemingway's famous Iceberg Theory comes from his story "Death in the Afternoon," in which he writes: If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as…

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Ramona Ausubel’s ‘Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty’

Always judge a book by its cover, I say. I'm a sucker for a good title. Dave Eggers has always been great at titles that snag me like a fishhook while I float through a bookstore. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? I mean. How can you not at least stop and see if the content matches up…

My reading winter, part II

I'm going to jump over The Hunchback of Notre Dame for now (pardonne moi, Victor), because really, there's nothing I could possibly add to the phenomenal Disney movie coverage (I'm just kidding), and head to Stephen King's The Gunslinger.Where my Dark Tower series fans at? As of this writing I've finished The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three, with book three, The Waste Lands, on request at…

My reading winter, part I

It's time to dust off the old blog again, my dears. Welcome back to me! It's been a funny and infinitely rewarding reading winter for me. I read three books in translation, all in a row: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward, followed by Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and rounded off with the more…

The infinite David Foster Wallace

A great piece is up on First Things about David Foster Wallace. I've written about DFW here, and here. He is one of the most expansive and inspiring writers whose work I've had the pleasure of reading. James K.A. Smith, in his article at First Things, writes a loving defense of Wallace against the critics…

lectio divina

Lectio divina, or "divine reading," is the classical monastic practice of the prayerful reading of the Bible, but in this Atlantic piece, Karen Swallow Prior discusses how this practice of spiritual reading can inform all of our reading--not just of the scriptures. She cites Annie Murphy Paul, whose research shows that "deep reading -- slow,…

Two quickies

I've been reading like mad lately, and I've a ton of things to tell you, but I'm going to start with two quick collections, B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories and Lou Beach's 420 Characters: Stories. Novak, of The Office fame, had already captured my heart (and the hearts of my kids) with…