Review of “A Hologram for the King” by Dave Eggers

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s been awhile since I’ve read Eggers and I’m glad I waited for this one. Philosopher Alain de Botton wrote a really interesting article about work a few years ago which I often think about, asking why we don’t create more […]

Beginnings

So much of our focus in writing favours beginnings. We’re told again and again you have to have a great first line, a great first paragraph, and that your first chapter has to lure (then arrest) your reader. The implication is that if you can’t win readers over in the first five pages, you’re sunk. […]

Thinking about John Cheever

Ever since I read this piece in the NYRB a few weeks back, I’ve been thinking about John Cheever. I came to his writing late, and knew very little about his personal life other than the world you imagine he had to occupy, to some degree, based on what he creates or recreates in his writing. I’m […]

Devoured

Karen Russell loves words. All writers love language, the thrill of testing how pliable it is, the surprising the things it can do. But some writers love language right at the micro level, they love words, and sounds. Karen Russell is clearly one of those. She has an extraordinary vocabulary and the talent to use […]

Confidential

Ah, Friday. The weekend is almost upon us. I’ve done 350 words this morning, but there is so much more I want to do. I’m taking some of the ideas I had in-transit during my travels this week and trying to turn them into scenes, not summary. Last night I started reading Richard Ford’s Canada […]