If No One Reads Your Writing, Are You Still a Writer? (And Other Questions to Keep You Awake at Night)

If No One Reads Your Writing, Are You Still a Writer? (And Other Questions to Keep You Awake at Night)

My husband is not a creative type. He is an engineer; everything he does is precise, rational, pragmatic. I rarely engage him in conversations about books and writing, because we think too differently. I believe in possibility and the power of the imagination, and he believes in only what he can see. Now and then, [...]

Book Review: The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood

Book Review: The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood

Winner of the 2000 Man Booker Prize This book came to my attention while taking Atwood's online writing course through Masterclass, where she explained the use of different literary devices. The Blind Assassin is an example of a "story within a story", something you might be familiar with if you've read Frankenstein or The Princess [...]

Book Review: Disoriental, by Négar Djavadi (Translated from the French by Tina Kover for Europa editions)

Book Review: Disoriental, by Négar Djavadi (Translated from the French by Tina Kover for Europa editions)

Every now and then, I pick up a book I can't breeze through over a weekend. I love those books: those witty, lovely beach reads. But, sometimes––sometimes, I crave a novel that makes me pause, makes me think, perhaps makes me look at my own prejudices with a bit of vinegary honesty. And, if the [...]