Tag Archives: Reading and Writing

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 […]