Feeding Your Head (Pt. Three Thousand & Six) (2019/09/29 01:00)
I'd rather have people sincerely interested in things, whatever cultural level they live at, than be wannabe tastemakers forever jonesing to expand their reach.
The Case For Preferring Older Books (2019/04/04 05:00)
You miss out on less than you think.
Don't Write What You Know, Write How You Know It (2018/06/12 05:00)
Looking at two bits of reading and writing advice from Saul Bellow.
The Critic-Proof Story (2018/02/18 01:00)
Spoiler: It doesn't exist.
Bailout Protocol (2018/01/08 08:00)
When is it OK to quit reading a "boring" book?
It's A Living (2018/01/06 05:00)
If written fiction's becoming nothing but a prelude to adaptation, what's that mean for written fiction itself?
A Classic Dilemma Dept. (2014/11/09 10:00)
Young-adult fiction and the classics, once again.
Self-Improvement Dept. (2014/08/13 10:00)
"As long as people are reading something..."
Dr. Goodreads Dept. (2014/06/17 02:00)
On why hyping yourself always feels like it should be someone else's job -- except when it really isn't.
Reading Is Fun(damental) Dept. (2014/03/15 10:00)
Hit the books! Harder! Harder, I say!
A Washing Machine In The Sky Dept. (2014/01/29 10:00)
Why literary fiction often chooses to be fantastic in such a straight-laced way.
This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get Dept. (2014/01/04 10:00)
"In a few generations, there will be no new ideas, only popular ones."
The Perfect Gateway Drug Dept. (2013/07/02 02:00)
More on the mistaken idea that a given work of SF/fantasy can "convert" the non-fandom masses.
Talked To Death Dept. (2012/08/19 10:00)
On long-form work in a short-form culture.
Covering All The Bases Dept. (2012/04/27 05:43)
A four-quadrant approach to writing: making it both fun and deep.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind