To Kill a Banned Book Reading

For Banned Books Week, in an inspiring tribute to literature, a local library hosted a 4-1/2 hour reading series, featuring local writers, artists, teachers, and others. A dear friend and fellow writer would be reading from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley that evening. I brought my 10-year-old son along. I’d been working late a … Continue reading To Kill a Banned Book Reading

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The Cycle

How can I improve my writing? It's a common question. There are a few things you can do: Reading Reading and writing is a cultural conversation. People write books to say something. Other people read those books and a few of those write books in return. As has been pointed out many times, you should … Continue reading The Cycle

The Dream Room

I’ve dreamed about my ideal room many years now. It’s an all-in-one theatrette, library and lounge. Probably a bedroom as well. (Who needs a bed when you have a comfy couch?) I don’t need any fancy architecture. A plain rectangular room will do me just fine. It has high ceilings and polished wooden floors with … Continue reading The Dream Room

The Art of Self-Restraint

It’s 10:30pm. I have to get up early for work tomorrow, so it’s time for bed. I’ve heard a lot of people say that it’s bad for your sleep if you’re on the computer before you go to bed, so I decide to read a bit before I go to sleep. I grab my e-book … Continue reading The Art of Self-Restraint

The Paper Mirror

The reader with a favorite book, read until the pages are falling apart, is a cliche of used bookstores and coffeeshops everywhere. Despite Kindles and free wifi at Starbucks, this archetype still exists in those of us who love even one book. Why do people re-read books? In particular, why do any of us re-read … Continue reading The Paper Mirror

Summer Reading Week 2

Since the last book review week went well, we're doing it again this August. We're looking for reviews that tell us where you read the book and why. Date: 19--23 August 2013 Length: Whatever you like, but 500–1000 words is suggested. Pick a book you've read recently, and tell us why you read it. Tell … Continue reading Summer Reading Week 2

Deconstructed – Voices of a Distant Star

There are so many things that conjure up emotion...The softness of dirt in Spring...Clouds in the Summer sky...The smell of the Autumn wind...The sound of raindrops on a silk umbrella...The chill in the air on the way home from school...The scent of the chalkboard eraser...The sound of a distant truck driving away in the night...Or … Continue reading Deconstructed – Voices of a Distant Star

Summer Reading Epilogue: A Read Down Memory Lane

Following on from the Summer reading theme week (or Winter reading, in my case), I’ve found myself re-reading many old favourites in the past few months. I’ve managed to amass a decent collection of books over the years, and have slowly started working my way through some of them again. I’ve been told repeatedly that … Continue reading Summer Reading Epilogue: A Read Down Memory Lane

Theme week: Books in Context

It's nearly July, and people above the equator are sitting on the beach and reading. But books are not read in isolation. There's always something going on in your life, and that will color your perception of the book. And the environment you read in changes your view of the text. We've noticed that people … Continue reading Theme week: Books in Context

Popping the Hood

I began reading when I was four years old and haven’t stopped since. Immersive reading was my drug through an unhappy childhood and adolescence, with all the desperate need and avoidance of unpleasant reality that addiction entails. Books damaged my eyes rather than my liver, but they gave far more than they took. I lived … Continue reading Popping the Hood