2017 in books –

 personal favourites: Ali Smith: Autumn Ali Smith: Winter Jesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing Angela Palm: Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere But Here Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich: The Fact of a Body Deborah Levy: Hot Milk Nina Riggs: The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying According to Goodreads I read 76 books in 2017, it sounds a lot, but…

On walking

Yesterday I read The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative by Vivian Gornick. It struck me that Gornick, in this book, first and foremost present herself as a great reader, a guide. Through clear and presise analyzes she makes her own readers (us) see how & why a text works. Very pragmatic, very useful. The Situation and…

Anne Lamott

Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?  I don’t think I have ever read anyone writing about self-loathing, disappointment and despair in such a respectful and attentive way as Anne Lamott. It is very easy to identify with Lamott’s narrator,…

it doesn’t all have to be about Christmas –

I have already told you about my experience with Dani Shapiro’s excellent book on writing called Still Writing (2013). Reading it made me curious about Shapiro’s authorship, so I went on to read Devotion – a memoir (2010). I seldom read memoirs, it’s not that I actively avoid the genre – it’s just that memoirs seldom appeal…