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The Wilding by Benjamin Percy

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

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

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 love fictional podcasts

This season I’ve been on a narrative podcast kick. Mostly because my son loves them and rather than sticking an iPad in his face for long car rides—or even long car rides to daycare—we listen to a podcast. So what we’ve been listening to is Story Pirates, which is a great show about a group… Continue reading I love fictional podcasts

Never ask for permission only forgiveness.

Toni Morrison, this season's guardian spirit, cut up from a post by Austin Kleon. I remember Nancy Wheeler, played by Natalie Dyer on Stranger Things Season 3, saying to her boyfriend (Charlie Hutton) as they went off to pursue a lead to a story that the editor of the Hawkins, Indiana newspaper told her not… Continue reading Never ask for permission only forgiveness.

Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

I started this book over Christmas and finished it in March. It’s the only fiction book I read and reflected on over the spring because there was a lot of research reading I was doing as a result of my diagnosis. That was planned. Other than Drew Magary’s novel The Hike, this book, and starting… Continue reading Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport.

A leisurely time writing at Needmore Coffee The introduction to this book struck me, but like a lot of Newport’s work the first half is like beating a dead horse from an argument standpoint—because that’s his training as an academic. But the second half is filled with helpful suggestions. The introduction, however, is argumentative gold.… Continue reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport.