Month: June 2012

Writing drunk

The London Olympics are going to be starting in a couple of weeks, and we are guaranteed to be inundated with news reports of athletes failing drug tests. This caused me to think: are there any performance-enhancing drugs for writers?

How I find good new books

Every year there are hundreds of thousands of books published. How does one sift through such a huge pile of rubble to find the few gold nuggets? Here is what I do: 1) Literary prizes. I always read anything that

Kate Upton’s nose and Ernest Hemingway

Like most writers, I read voraciously. I keep a meticulous record of the books I read in an Excel file. These books fall in two broad categories: “classics,” meaning older books that are generally lauded, and “moderns,” those newly-published books