Free Your Mind to Write. Smoke a Cigar.

When you have something to write, how do you start? Where? With an outline? Or a burst of notes? I didn’t plan it this way, but a large part of my interview with Leonard Mlodinow, bestselling author of Elastic, in the Los Angeles Review of Books doesn't talk about his book. Instead it is about … Continue reading Free Your Mind to Write. Smoke a Cigar.

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Eden and immortality: new in bookstores

Man, Adam and Eve had no idea how lucky they were. No botox, no mortgage, no shame, no global warming. You name it. This summer, the superb publishing firm Palgrave MacMillan is bringing us two books that illustrate in dramatic, sometimes bleak terms what we've lost (besides Paradise) and what the future holds for us … Continue reading Eden and immortality: new in bookstores

Books, glorious books … and A.L. too

I've recommended that working writers should read A.L. Kennedy's columns on the writing life in the Guardian -- if you haven't already, start immediately. The Scottish novelist has a wonderful ability to write about her own concerns and personal situation without sounding self-indulgent (not easy to do as any of us on WordPress know). And … Continue reading Books, glorious books … and A.L. too