Just Read: One More Thing… by B.J. Novak
BJ Novak makes me want to be a better writer. He makes me want to care less and write more. One More Thing… is a selection of short stories ranging from single paragraphs about missed connections on the train, to epics about cereal box prize winners, with the rematch between the tortoise and the hare…
Just Read: Where do we go from here? Chaos, or community? By Martin Luther King, Jr.
I read this book in two distinct stages. The first chapter was slow going, and I put it down for a week or so. Partly because I was grappling with the question of how much a cliché of an ally it made me to read MLK during Black History Month, and partly because I just…
Just Read: A Promised Land by Barack Obama
I first started to generally care about things when I was 16 years old. I use the term “generally care about things,” in lieu of “got interested in politics” because I think there’s an important distinction there, and I think it’s a distinction that is not only becoming increasingly important as we grow more and…
Just Read: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
Giovanni’s Room tells the story of an American living in Paris as he struggles to define and understand his relationships with the men he meets while there.
What have I been reading & watching? January 2021 edition.
My monthly digest of what I’ve read and watched in January 2021.
Just Read: Why We’re Polarized – Ezra Klein
Why We’re Polarized tackles the nature of our ongoing fear and hostility toward the “other.”
Just Read- Ecocide: Kill The Corporation Before It Kills Us by David Whyte
If there is one lesson in humility that has stayed with me, and likely will continue to stay with me for the rest of my life, it is the one taught to me by Ms. Reid, my English teacher from age 13-16. We had been set a class essay on a Shakespeare play; I forget…
Just Read: Murder Your Darlings – Roy Peter Clark.
I am not a writer. I am, however, somebody that writes. I write thousands of words every week, in reports, in emails, in copy for the website of my employer. To me, the distinction is that I hold the writer to a different level. I write as a perfunctory task, a means to an end.…
A note to myself about reading, writing, and reflection, or: why it went wrong last time and how to make it not go wrong again.
A couple of years ago, I set myself a challenge to read one book every week, followed by a review that I would then post to this website. This was, as with most arbitrary challenges of this nature, short lived. I burned out after about four weeks, not because I was struggling to read, but…