I’m afraid this issue of my newsletter will contain only news, rather boringly about me. This is what comes of having a book published. There’s still t…
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“All do not all things well,” sang Thomas Campion, and one thing that I don’t do well is the last few weeks before publication. My husband and I were t…
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In his forthcoming memoir And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? (August, FSG), Lawrence Weschler quotes a psychoanalyst who remembers an occasion when his friend…
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“We are like trapped flies with our feet not in honey but in venom.” —Eudora Welty, “Must the Novelist Crusade?” Why are you so married to realism? my …
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You aren’t supposed to comment on the dust jackets you post in the #sevendaybookcoverchallenge, and you’re supposed to string it out for seven days, an…
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This morning, while walking the dog, I looked down to see two earthworms, whom the dog and I had startled, suddenly abandoning their copulation—like tw…
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Once, when I was little, my family went on a drive-through safari, the kind where humans stay safely in a car while lions and giraffes roam freely. I r…
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A few days ago a friend sent me a link to “Sea Scrivener,” a 1944 comic-book biography of Herman Melville: A little Billy Budd seems to have gotten mix…
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I seem to be writing a newsletter. No idea what I’m doing here. Until yesterday, when they melted, there were these enormous shunting-togethers of disc…
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