Great Reads

Great Reads


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These are what I term the great reads that I uncover. The ones that surprise me because they were hidden under yet another simple piece of paper; and yet, they are gold for my soul. What a surprise. I cannot help but celebrate the people who brighten my day with their words. They help me celebrate my day with mine. This is my circle of life; one great word linking path through the now interconnecting synaptic chasm that once was one neuron firing another and now is one writer linking with words to another and another…The following are articles that I’ve found to be very enriching and I hope you find them equally as enjoyable.

 Everyone who comes here, I can safely assume, is a book lover (if not an author). Here is an article on the future of our libraries. 

From NPR this is actually a great listen (10 minutes) about Michael Chabon’s “Telegraph Avenue”.

Jo Ann Beard and her New Yorker piece is timeless: The Fourth State of Matter

The Paris Review and William Gibson combined is a delicacy for the brain, of this I am certain. The Art of Fiction.

Think there’s not a case to be made for judging humor in the courtroom? Think again. In his letter, FROM THE DESK OF BOB MANKOFF, New Yorker’s Mr. Monkoff makes a very interesting argument and finally brings the case into a courtroom where humor was a litigating factor. Not to be missed. To add to the comedy, I wanted to include the famous typography article re: comic sans by Mike Lacher. Caution: This is not for work or young kids, but it’s definitely for you if you need a pick-me-up. It sits on the famous McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

Did you know that the novelist Martin Amis has moved from England to…Brooklyn? This is what is known as a long read but a good one. The interview brings in the culture of England and America and Martin doesn’t mince any words when it comes to his homeland. Find it here.

If you haven’t acquainted yourself with Brad Listi and The Nervous Breakdown, it’s a crying shame. Read this wonderful story he sent in his latest newsletter.

This piece in The New York Times will make anyone realize just how The Supreme Court affects our lives; and worry if all nine had their fiber this morning.

One of the best articles ever written for a newspaper or journal is Washington Post’s Pearls Before Breakfast by By Gene Weingarten. It’s structure is supreme, the stories within the story (the famous violinist, Joshua Bell, plays in the Metro Station (L’Enphant) in our capital and very few stop to listen. It is also the story of those who do stop. It’s the story of our too-stressed life. The power of music, and art. It’s the story of context, truthfully. It’s a beautiful piece.




BY Aleksandar Hemon

This gripped me while in a sea of torment from my own chemo and subsequent fever. Listen to how the author moves from trying desperately to cope with his baby’s brain tumor to man’s need for fiction as a whole:

I understood that the need to tell stories was deeply embedded in our minds and inseparably entangled with the mechanisms that generate and absorb language. Narrative imagination—and therefore fiction—was a basic evolutionary tool of survival. We processed the world by telling stories, produced human knowledge through our engagement with imagined selves.

 Link to this incredible story at The New Yorker

There is a great read in the VQR by Richard Nash concerning the business of literature. This is a must-read for anyone who writes…or buys books, frankly.

If you had any doubt that the world is in the digital age, you should read this article from The New York Review of Books.


Anyone who has read me for long understands what Hemingway means to me. I was tempted to put this Paris Review article about his writing style in its own page; to allow it the breathing room such a great man deserves. The piece is unlike the usual write-up. You feel like you are in the room with him but unseen as you watch him write. You see what he sees every day. The Virginia Woolf Common Reader that he must glance at while picking up something off the floor or glance over to while reading in his bed at night. This is no ordinary writer’s desk story either. He did it the way Papa wanted it done; which was uniquely his own. A must-read.

A wonderful piece of writing about an interview with Oprah Winfrey and Cormac McCarthy. When two worlds collide, heat and energy are released into the environment. Find this in The New Yorker

And in this digital age; how close to reality is today’s media? Find out in this article from the Scientific American Blog Network.

The New Yorker has a hilarious piece on Downton Abbey; whether you like the series or not, you will be laughing. And the headline alone will get you laughing.

William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well is beautifully profiled in the New York Times.

The Ninth Letter is an absolutely beautifully written and designed poetry and creative writing publication. When you read the poetry submissions, tell me if you see anything different in the design of the online issue. I mean come back and tell me in the comments. If you think that you’ll never do that, I guarantee that you will want to tell someone what you noticed, beyond the beautiful poetry. A must-read.

Two more articles to check out are below:

Conversations with Writers Braver Than Me: Nick Flynn This long read cuts close to home. Isn’t it silly that even on a page no one reads, and on my site, that I am afraid to admit that?

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