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December 2014 Diary


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Dec. 1st, 2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
OOO, how is that book?
Dec. 1st, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
I started reading the essays in this paperback last night. I would not buy the book new but would check it out of a library-I found this edition used at our local Salvation Army thrift store-I like to read what writers say/write about writing because I write-peace (I have only read three essays in this paperback thus far-I collect books on writers discussing writing/biographies on the lives of writers etc. . .)
Dec. 1st, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
Very cool, thanks.
Dec. 1st, 2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
I did read last night in one of the essays in the above book "Writers On Writing" that spoke to me personally that I will quote for you-the essay is titled "A Literary Pilgrim Progresses to the Past" by the writer Andre Aciman-

"I write to give my life a form, a narrative, a chronology; and for good measure, I seal loose ends with cadenced prose and add glitter where I know things were quite lusterless. I write to reach out to the real world, though I know that I write to stay away from a world that is still too real and never as provisional or ambivalent as I'd like it to be. In the end it's no longer, and perhaps never was, the world that I like, but writing about it. I write to find out who I am; I write to give myself the slip. I write because I am always at one remove from the world but have grown to like saying so." pg.3 Andre Aciman
Dec. 1st, 2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love it!

I was searching for the book online and found a link with all the articles. I'll have to read his whole piece and the others as well.

Thanks for this. I had not heard of this book before.

Dec. 2nd, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
Any writers you are looking forward to in particular, maybe that caught your eye on the cover?
Dec. 2nd, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
caught your eye
Many of the writers in this book, "Writers on Writing" I have either read their works or collect their writings/novels etc. . . I recently started collecting for example the writings of Rick Bass and Gail Godwin. I collect already the writings of these writers listed on the front cover of this book-
Russell Banks
Saul Bellows
E. L. Doctorow
Louise Erdrich
Richard Ford
Alice Hoffman
Walter Mosley
Joyce Carol Oates
James Salter
William Saroyan
Jane Smiley
Sue Miller
Susan Sontag
John Updike
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Hilma Wolitzer

I like to get the novels/memoirs of Andre Aciman. I plan to look into the writer Nicholas Delbanco this evening-I might have a book by him but not sure right now.

Years ago I read for awhile the novels of Carl Hiaasen. I would never read books by Scott Turow/do not read books that are mysteries/crime/suspense.

I do have a couple of books by Barbara Kingsolver in our library.

I came across today a writer that I never heard of before named Ron Hansen-I picked up used today at Salvation his novel "Mariette In Ecstasy"-I looked at his other novels on Amazon and they all look interesting and I plan to start looking for used at thrift stores and used books sale

Now how about you-what writers on the front cover interest you? any of the writers you have read/essays/short stories etc. . . ? Any of these writers you collect? peace Jonny

My LibraryThing site

Edited at 2014-12-02 01:19 am (UTC)
Dec. 2nd, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: caught your eye
Mosley and Vonnegut. Mosley because he is a local writer, but acknowledged as a very good writer. I feel guilty because I do not feel so well read, have only begun one of Vonnegut's novels.

I have read a lot of John Irving and Amy Tan, CS Lewis, (etc.) & read the occasional biography.

I do read murder mysteries sometimes, Grisham, King, just read 3 by Tony Hillerman, some folks I talk to lately have read him.
Dec. 2nd, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: caught your eye
My wife has read all of the novels of Tony Hillerman. Years ago I went through a period where I read a lot of John Irving novels. My wife has read Amy Tan, but not me. Over the years I have read the works of C.S. Lewis, but not lately. I collect Mosley and Vonnegut, but have not read their writings. Does not Mosley live in New York City. Do you live in New York City?

I have never read Grisham or Stephen King's novels.

I am a book freak/book worm so I read all the time (I am 62 years old so I have had a long time reading books-visiting libraries-used bookstores etc.).

I read a lot of Christian literature besides secular literature. I suppose I mainly read to learn things I do not know. I read Christian books to fed my soul/spirit.

Well thanks for the notes-have a good week-my the Lord bless!
Dec. 2nd, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re: caught your eye
Dec. 4th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: caught your eye
I meant to say Mosley does live in NYC--I was mistaken, had seen his books on local authors shelf. I maybe was thinking of James McBride who is also not local. Lol, I was very tired when I wrote that.
Dec. 5th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: caught your eye
yes James McBride is from Brooklyn New York-Mosely lives in New York City-peace
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