2017 Year in Review in Reading

I always feel like I’ve never read enough. These are the covers of the 30 books I completed reading in 2017, though some I may have started the year before. Some of the books are important. Some of them are fun. Some are both.

I just pre-ordered Chuck Kinder’s Silver Ghost

Outlaw. Writer. Professor. Chuck Kinder was my professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s MFA program. Like many of his students, I benefited greatly from his imaginative approach to writing, the often imaginative worlds opened up by his constant question: “What if?” In an exciting turn of events, his 1978 novel “The Silver Ghost” is comingContinue reading “I just pre-ordered Chuck Kinder’s Silver Ghost”

#tbt Review: Zadie Smith’s debut novel White Teeth

White Teeth by Zadie Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars Originally written and published in the Times Union in August 2001. “Clean white teeth are not always wise,” says an elderly British veteran in Zadie Smith’s stunning debut novel, “White Teeth,” setting up one of the major ideas of her book, which has beenContinue reading “#tbt Review: Zadie Smith’s debut novel White Teeth”

On writers and (not) reading

I’m sure I read a quote somewhere recently that said something along the lines that eventually a writer must decide to be either a reader or a writer. Has anyone seen this quote? Do you know what I’m talking about? The idea behind the quote struck me as intriguing (and maybe a little self-serving). AfterContinue reading “On writers and (not) reading”