The Pile That Never Shrinks (2019/02/04 05:00)
How the Open Library is keeping me from drowning in books.
The Reading Prescription (2019/02/01 05:00)
On recommending books as a way for authors to get perspective on a current or future work of their own.
Unknown Treasures (2018/08/03 08:00)
One of the things I always hated about myself was how I was, in theory, supposed to be this gigantic SF nerd, and as it turns out I really wasn't.
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.
That Pile On The Nightstand (2018/06/11 05:00)
The overwhelming majority of what I'm genuinely curious about reading has been nonfiction. I hate that.
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?
Endtable Pile, Continued (2017/11/12 08:00)
More notes on getting caught up with the state of SF&F.
The Endtable Pile (2017/11/11 10:00)
Some of my SF reading list for 2018.
Kicking A Habit (2017/10/31 08:00)
A mission for the coming seasons: Read more current SF.
57,000 Channels And Still Nothing On (2017/07/27 07:00)
On the "drawbacks to the all-access, all-free world".
Get Back To Work! Dept. (2017/04/08 05:00)
Writers have a hard time reading industriously without feeling like they're goofing off.
Slow Down, You Move Too Fast Dept. (2015/02/15 05:30)
Speed kills culture, not just individuals.
A Classic Dilemma Dept. (2014/11/09 10:00)
Young-adult fiction and the classics, once again.
No Such Thing As Bad Publicity Either, Right? Dept. (2014/10/25 10:00)
Why "any reading is good reading" is not a great defense of reading.
Self-Improvement Dept. (2014/08/13 10:00)
"As long as people are reading something..."
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.
In Competition Dept. (2013/10/16 10:00)
With all the things that make demands on what little spare time we have, is it a surprise that sitting still and looking at words on a page gets pushed down and down?
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.
Yes, It Really Is All In Your Head Dept. (2012/03/20 10:00)
The reason reading gives us a thrill like nothing else: it sticks its graphics where the sun don't shine.
Disappearing Act Dept. (2011/06/19 01:57)
I have been reading The Shores of Light, a collection of literary criticism from the 1920s and 1930s courtesy of Edmund Wilson, a very capable and perceptive critic who as far as I can tell isn’t sung much of these...
Gutenberged Dept. (2010/04/04 01:54)
An interesting breakdown of the ecological consequences of the e-book vs. the printed book. The short version is that you need to buy about 50-100 e-books before it pays for itself, environmentally speaking. This sounds like it should be a...
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
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