Reader’s book recommendations for a writer – part 2


This is the second book recommendation post for Yudhanjaya Wijeratne. The first post makes the necessary excuses about the motive for writing this. In the interest of keeping each post under three minutes of reading, I broke up what I wrote in to thirds. The Dwarf by Pär Lagerkvist This is first person narration that … Continue reading Reader’s book recommendations for a writer – part 2

Reader’s book recommendations to a writer – part 1


Yudhanjaya Wijeratne wants book recommendations. Or so my spies, terrified informants, and omnipresent digital surveillance AIs tell me. So here's the first of the recommendations. Written using time I don't have. Why I'll explain in the next post. Suffice it to say that Yudhanjaya is an important enough author. Important enough for the voices in … Continue reading Reader’s book recommendations to a writer – part 1

Kick ass poetry worth checking out


I avoid poetry as a survival instinct. There are a few poets that make the exception. Bukowski for one. Green Tea diaries is another. The first is dead. The second is not as prolific as she used to be. Thankfully there's the latest member of the trinity "Life that Demands to be Noticed". I've blogged … Continue reading Kick ass poetry worth checking out

Reading hit list


I keep a list called “books to look up”. Had it for years on various digital platforms. Its real title should be “list of things I want to read in heaven”. The heaven in this case is a cool veranda. Where time is meaningless. Intruded only by a mosquito free breeze. Its only other occupants: … Continue reading Reading hit list

Unexpected gift from 7 years of blogging


I started this blog seven years ago today. It has only had one profound change on my life. A change I see as an unexpected gift. Perhaps it is a reward of developing a regular writing habit without really trying. The "gift" is the ability to enjoy reading my own writing. Which has turned reading … Continue reading Unexpected gift from 7 years of blogging

Audio books saved my reading life


I owe the survival of my reading life to audio books, magazine audio editions and text to speech technology. Without them, my reading would be limited to tweets, skimming over web sites or pawing through abandoned waiting room magazines. I use the term "audio books" to refer to all three categories. Being read to by … Continue reading Audio books saved my reading life

Bukowski at home – Zen moments from paper books in an E Book era


I have been a fan of Charles Bukowski's poetry for years. He's one of the few poets I read voluntarily. Bukowski stands out because I have a stockpile of his books collected over the eons. The photo in this post is my evidence. I naturally prefer his poetry over prose. The later poems over the … Continue reading Bukowski at home – Zen moments from paper books in an E Book era