The Wilding by Benjamin Percy. His first novel. I'm reading a lot of first novels by writers I respect like Mary H.K. Choi's Emergency Contact, Drew Magary's The Postmortal, and short story collections like Lauren Groff's Delicate Edible Birds. This book, from one of my favorite living writers, I finished over the spring and it… Continue reading The Wilding by Benjamin Percy
Steven Pressfield As a result of yesterday’s video this led me to purchase the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield [tk link]. The result was a breakthrough. The major identification I made while reading this is what I used to call the Victim’s woods, or what my diagnosis manifests as — to use… Continue reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
I happened upon this video while watching something else on YouTube and it led to one of my biggest learning experiences of the summer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lTcgSzf0AQ&feature=youtu.be
It's been a day. Today I found out that the new word for "pleather" is now Vegan Leather. Here is Billy Wilder's tombstone from a post by Austin Kleon. Billy Wilder's tombstone. Here's a great quote from Benjamin Percy in Jami Attenberg's newsletter #1000wordsofsummer: It begins with a glimmer. Maybe I overhear a conversation in… Continue reading Status.
David Milch in this summer's journal Probably the greatest fear that I have these days is what is happening to David Milch. Mark Singer recently did a profile for the New Yorker on the Deadwood creator. It moved me in profound ways. Especially the interview part where you can read the marked difference between Milch… Continue reading On David Milch.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgcM8II7L4o Cal Ripken's Many Batting Stances You’re probably like what? What does this have anything to do with writing and being a parent? Cal Ripken and Don Mattingly were my favorite baseball players growing up. What I liked about them is they were dependable, reliable, and highly competent in their jobs. That means they were… Continue reading What Would Cal Ripken Do?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEpZrZNtgxE davepress: Chris Claremont at Columbia on his papers being collected. I was at this panel discussion, and while I was excited to check out his papers at the time, I never did. Now I wish I did. Next semester, I’ll be teaching X-MEN: God Loves, Man Kills, because I think it’s especially topical to… Continue reading On Chris Claremont’s papers.
Last week I watched Patrick Meaney’s Chris Claremont’s X-Men documentary. Here are a few of the things that I learned from that experience. One: Claremont always asks is there any reason this character can’t be female? Two: Intersperse issues with a focus on character. Three: Don’t make a prison of your own making. Four: Make… Continue reading On Chris Claremont.
Paraphrased and adapted from this post by Charles Soule. DECIDE on what you can do today and do it. I practice this by meditating for ten minutes before I start my day–before a shower sometimes. I focus on my breath, while letting my mind run through all that I have to accomplish that day. Then… Continue reading How I Do It [or “Soule Work” for my students].