10 Rules Of Being A Writer

Zadie Smith wrote hers. These are mine. 1. Be born in a country with a reasonably well-run public education system, or, failing that, be born into a family wealthy enough nurture and educate you privately and spare you the privations of having entered the world via a poorly run, or just poor, country. 2. Read… Continue reading 10 Rules Of Being A Writer

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

–I’m afraid none of my habits conform to those of the famous writers in this article in the Atlantic. My habits bear a closer resemblance to those of Franz Kafka, a man who, as Zadie Smith put it, wasted a lot of time. (Me too.) Begley is particularly astute on the bizarre organization of Kafka’s writing… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Japanese physicists claim to have created element 113. If confirmed, this would mark the first time an Asian nation has won naming rights to an element on the periodic table. Here’s hoping the data holds up. We’ll be hearing a lot over the next week or so about how much Presidential debates can change the… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?