Happy birthday, John Steinbeck.
Brian Doyle on the finest writers from his home state of Oregon: Ken Kesey, Ursula Le Guin, Barry Lopez, Beverly Cleary, and Stewart Holbrook
‘He’s going to kill me.’” The interpreter continues to relay the women’s information to the dispatcher: He’s just outside the window. He has a gun. He’s in the hallway. He’s at the door. And then, with a click, the woman hangs up.
—Jessica Love on the necessity of 911 interpreters
(Photo of Halle Berry in “The Call” by TriStar Pictures)
We love Nathaniel Rich’s writing advice: Make it weird.
(Photo by William Widmer/The New York Times)
Brian Doyle remembers the good company of Tony Hillerman in this week’s Epiphanies: “I have never forgotten how unarrogant that man was, how warm and friendly and unadorned, how unimpressed with fame and plaudits, how in love with his wife he was.”
War correspondent Neil Shea shares his best writing advice in this week’s Writing Lessons: “My work involves observing the order and disorder of people’s lives, the decisions they make or don’t, how they fight, surrender, or pray through.”
(Photo of Neil Shea by Steven Alvarez)
To avoid getting beat up at school—I was the only American, and recesses were serial reenactments of the Alamo—I acquired a quick tongue. I fended off blows with storytelling. — Paul Salopek, on how he learned to write
The eloquent Brian Doyle reads to his dog, who as a puppy survived the woods of Mount Saint Helens.
The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for the 2013 awards, to be unveiled in March. Read reviews of several of those books in The American Scholar: Mary Beard’s Confronting the Classics, Rebecca Solnit’s The Faraway Nearby, and David Finkel’s Thank You for Your Service.
Books for a cozy winter’s night: A Reading List for the New Year