How Awful Is It? Liz Nugent’s Little Cruelties (2020)

2020-11-12T12:47:19-05:00

Betty Smith gave simple advice to writers: “First: Be understanding always. Keep the understanding you have and add on to it.” As the author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943)—a best-selling novel that challenged the myth of poverty as a choice, and allowed low/no-wage characters to demonstrate courage

How Awful Is It? Liz Nugent’s Little Cruelties (2020)2020-11-12T12:47:19-05:00

Here and Elsewhere: Kyoto #HereandElsewhere

2020-06-02T07:36:15-05:00

Welcome to the fourth journey inspired by my desk calendar—first described en route to Copenhagen, then London and Havana. Just this random spark, my curiosity, and my library card: everything I needed to expand my horizons, to counter the inclination to withdraw when the news seemed menacing. But

Here and Elsewhere: Kyoto #HereandElsewhere2020-06-02T07:36:15-05:00

Here and Elsewhere: Havana

2020-06-02T07:36:40-05:00

How pleased was I, to flip the calendar to March and see Havana. Later last year, writing a review of Teresa Dovalpage’s new mystery novel for The Chicago Review of Books, I realized just how little I knew about Cuba. And #HereandElsewhere started with my wanting to look for

Here and Elsewhere: Havana2020-06-02T07:36:40-05:00

The Writing Life: Flannery O’Connor (1 of 4)

2020-02-06T12:46:36-05:00

The collected letters of Flannery O’Connor, edited by Sally Fitzgerald, in The Habit of Being: they’ve been on my bookshelves for a couple of decades. They date to the time when I gave less thought to the number of inches that a book required for storage. To the

The Writing Life: Flannery O’Connor (1 of 4)2020-02-06T12:46:36-05:00

Here and Elsewhere: London

2020-06-02T07:37:02-05:00

When I flipped the calendar page to February and saw London, I immediately thought of reading a Margaret Drabble novel, or something by Penelope Lively – two of my MRE authors (MustReadEverything) because I didn’t get to reading from their backlists last year. But #HereandElsewhere started with my

Here and Elsewhere: London2020-06-02T07:37:02-05:00
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