Category Archives: Reading and Writing

Embracing the Random

I’m joining a cool project, helping a photo-essayist to produce a treatment for HBO. No pay, but I could use the new experience. Who knows where such a thing could lead? Note to self: even before achieving the 4-hour work week, the 40-hour-work week needs to include at least 4 or 5 hours, if not […]

Getting My Preppie On

I am too cheap to buy the book that contains Carol Bly’s essay, “How Radiation Oncology Almost Made Me a Republican”, but I’ve always been intrigued by the teaser quote from the piece on her Web site: “What makes someone act like a conservative? I finally—these four years later—have figured it out. For those forty-five […]

Does Politically Driven Language Have an Expiration Date?

This week I picked up a favorite book for a re-read: Aphrodite’s Daughters: Women’s Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul. The ideas still resonate, as do the chapters written in the standard pop psychology language that has been with us since the 1970s. What seemed incredibly dated was the 1990s vintage essentialist feminism: […]

Ideas in Search of an Author

If you’ve been a professional writer long enough, you have undoubtedly gotten this request: “I have a great … story … memoir … screenplay, I just need someone to flesh it out.” In the same category are copywriting requests from prospective clients that actually entail devising the entire marketing or communications plan. It’s baffling. But […]

Why Blogs Die – and How to Save Yours

I’m guilty. I have started and abandoned more than one blog. This time, it will be different. How can I be so confident? Because I’ve changed my approach: my blog is not a writing project; it’s a publishing project. In recent history, writers and authors (whether literary creators or business communicators) have reached audiences through […]

Talking Sex, Politics, and Religion

Stephen King said, “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.” This quotation is salient to the writer trying to negotiate a social media presence. Professional and business types advise that job seekers and business owners stay away from controversial topics that […]