Reading About Writing

Near the start of the year, delivering late Christmas presents to a friend’s children, I unearthed Ben Yagoda’s The Sound on the Page, subtitled “Great Writers Talk About Style and Voice in Writing.” Everybody who writes is engaged in the remarkable enterprise of making consciousness manifest -- catching the slipperiest of substance, a thought, and [...]

marginalia || My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekhov to Munro, edited by Jeffrey Eugenides

I remember saving up for My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekhov to Munro, tried the whole a-few-coins-a-day route.  I even prayed to Santa, I begged friends. I rarely buy books brand-new--I'm technically, well, poor. But then, in the middle of last year, a story of mine had won an award. As [...]