The Last Samurai, by Helen Dewitt

No, it has nothing to do with the 2003 Tom Cruise movie (which came out 3 years after this novel was released)--and that I need to make that distinction at all is an illustration of the sad state of American culture, because this book was flipping amazing and I can't believe I've never heard of …

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Context is very powerful

I've been teaching myself Spanish for the past six weeks or so, and am at the point where I can read very simple fiction such as the stories in this book, which are designed specifically for beginners, and use only simple, common words and phrases. Although I don't know all the words, and am still …

Languages

I wonder how or if my writing would improve if I knew multiple languages. Haruki Murakami translated his first book into English, then back into Japanese when he first wrote it in order to simplify his style. I wonder if it added new ideas to it as well. There must be some ideas that are …

Monastery life

I think I could be happy being a monk/scholar/priest, whatever you want to call it. A person who leaves behind 'life' in order to devote themselves to the world of the mind/spirit. If I could spend every waking hour studying, reading, learning, teaching, etc, I think I could give up material possessions and all the …

Several short sentences about writing, by Verlyn Klinkenborg

I got this as a gift last year, and am finally finishing it now after a long hiatus of distraction. This is unequivocally the best book on writing I've ever read. Each page--each sentence--is a useful insight that most 'how to write' books would stretch out into an entire chapter. It is a joy to …

Quantity over Quality

The year is almost over, and it's going to be the worst year--as far as number of views--that my blog has had since its creation. Probably cause I went three months without making a post. It is becoming clearer and clearer to me that in the world of unknown writers, quality without quantity is as …

Word A Day: Interlace

In an effort to blog more thoughts and not just constant movie and TV reviews, as well as also learning some new words, I'm going to attempt to blog once a day about a new word each day. I'll be getting the words from this random word generator. The word generator contains 90,000 words, so that should …