I hadn't paid much attention to the news the past few weeks--just too tired and focused on health issues. So imagine my surprise when I get back to it two days ago, and all the stations had breaking news about the attempted takeover and trashing of the U.S. Capitol building! Of course, the event's been … Continue reading Narcissism is a weapon, & storming the Capitol building in D.C. was a result…
My Copy: 9780316204323 (image from bn.com) I've browsed through this writing guide before, and if you get long-winded like I tend to get at times (go ahead and snicker, I'll wait), then this is a great tool to read through. It's got a few exercises to try, but isn't a workbook. How to Write Short … Continue reading How to Write Short: Word craft for fast times, by Roy Peter Clark
My Copy: 9781442265684 (image from bn.com) The title pretty well says what this book is about, and goes through the increasingly-combined issues of conflict, genocide, and climate change in spades in these 158 pages (not counting notes). This is NOT a book detailing how humans are creating climate change, but rather a book that explains … Continue reading Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide, by Alex Alvarez
My Copy: 9781402218996 (Image from amazon.com) I discovered slam poetry a few months ago and was blown away by the emotion in what I was seeing for most poems. Some were great, some not so much, some amazing--but they all had something to bring to the table. I wanted to learn how to write like … Continue reading Take the Mic: the Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and the Spoken Word, by Marc Kelly Smith & Joe Kraynak
My Copy: 9781435108424 (image from bn.com) A Treatise on Tolerance is a conglomeration of letters and pamphlets Voltaire wrote after the brutal public execution of Jean Calas, a Protestant accused of murdering his son because he supposedly decided to become a Catholic (though later information and what was given at Calas' trial makes this reasoning … Continue reading A Treatise on Tolerance and Other Writings, by Voltaire
When the book was being written in the late 1990s, stalking laws all over the country were being overhauled or just implemented to make it a much harsher crime on the books. The book's a time-capsule in one sense, showing the early days of recognizing an old nuisance for the possibly dangerous crime it is.