Writing fiction is an act of empathy. It requires us to see the world through the eyes of people other than ourselves. Writing fiction is an act of imagination. It requires us to see possibilities that do not yet exist. Writing fiction is an act of dedication. It requires us to have the discipline to […]
The times they are a-changin’. In a pretty notable break from tradition, Bob Dylan was just awarded the Noble Prize in Literature. He’s the first American to win the award since Toni Morrison in 1993. What do you think of Dylan’s win?
It’s been ten years now since Kanye West caused an immense stir in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by staring into a camera and saying, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” next to a memorably dumbfounded Mike Myers. (George Bush later said it was the worst moment of his presidency). Kanye West has of […]
I make no secret of my love for the TV spectacle otherwise known as “The Bachelor.” We have had some incredible journeys together. And yes, I’m in it for the right reasons. What I love about “The Bachelor” is that it manages to transcend its utterly insane premise (man/woman searches for love by dating 25 […]
Like many people across America, I was totally captivated by the podcast “Serial,” which, if you haven’t yet been accosted by a raving fan, is about a 1999 murder and hinges on whether you believe one of the two former teenagers at the heart of the case: Adnan, in prison for the murder of his […]
Talking about the weather is almost by definition the height of banality. When you have absolutely nothing else to talk about with someone, well, at least there’s the weather. You can chitchat about how nice it is or how horrible or gosh I hear we’re going to get some snow tomorrow. And yet the weather […]