Category Archives: Reading

Staying Sane in 2013

In the grand journalistic tradition of both the listicle and year-end wrap-up, I thought I’d celebrate the closing of 2013 by itemizing a few of the things that kept me going through another writing year. Not a how-to by any means, but rather a highly idiosyncratic record of one writer’s way through the great loneliness and […]

Another Year, Another Story

This is gonna be a long post kids, so strap in. Not to worry, though, it contains writerly wisdom from Junot Diaz, David Foster Wallace, Eudora Welty, and other people who’ve already published stuff, so you don’t have to take my word for it. First off, I’m back from Tin House. There were too many […]

Just a Little Bit of History Repeating

Through the window I can see the National Guardsmen, standing with their rifles next to a bright yellow forsythia bush that has just come into bloom. Every now and again helicopters pass by overhead, but since it’s already pretty windy today, the most noticeable thing about their transit is the noise. I’m in Watertown, Mass., […]

The Unholy Trinity

On this day in 1945, the U.S. successfully detonated the first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Why do I care, you might ask? Because the chapter I’m working on takes place in a cave under the Trinity test site, of course. I won’t elaborate too much on this plot point, except to say […]