By Jonathan Franzen, for The Guardian: 1 The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator. 2 Fiction that isn’t an author’s personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn’t worth writing for anything but money. 3 Never use the word “then” as a conjunction – we have “and” for this purpose. Substituting “then” is the… Continue reading Franzen’s Rules for Fiction Writers
I haven’t had health insurance since summer of 2010.
A few lessons I took away from three months in India . . . 1. Be humble and full of light, and everything will be O.K. 2. Let yourself become “Indianized”–wear appropriate clothing and adornments, learn to eat with your right hand and bob your head when you listen or agree to something. 3. Don’t… Continue reading Some Golden Rules for Traveling in India
Yes, we did! For the record, I convinced approximately three Ohioans to vote for Obama over the phone last weekend, so I am clearly responsible for the tables turning in his favor. John Cassidy in The New Yorker on Obama’s re-election: “Who knows what the future holds? For now, let’s take the measure of what has happened,… Continue reading 2012: Year of Positive Thinking
I spoke with anthropologist Bruce Whitehouse about being in Mali during the military coup that occurred this spring, and what it was like to become a correspondent for the media. For Construction magazine: “On his blog, Bridges From Bamako, Whitehouse documented not only snippets of his research findings, but also observations of daily life in Bamako during the… Continue reading “On the Ground in Bamako”: My Interview With An Anthropologist
“My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: to want nothing to be other than as it is, neither in the future, nor in the past, nor in all eternity. Not merely to endure what happens of necessity, still less to hide it from oneself–all idealism is untruthfulness in the face of necessity–but… Continue reading Amor Fati
At Dowser.org, the site I’ve written for since early 2011, we investigate stories in the vein of solution journalism: “who’s solving what, and how.” Writing on his blog recently, journalist Jonathan Stray illuminated why this is important. “The only editorial mantra that ever made any sense to me comes from the Voice of San Diego new… Continue reading Jonathan Stray on how journalism can generate solutions