I’ve been listening to Start Up a podcast about Alex Blumberg’s efforts to start-up a business to make podcasts (a business he names Gimlet Media for reason revealed in one of the episodes). Blumberg comes with a great NPR pedigree having worked for both This American Life and Planet Money. Start Up is very revealing, particularly because Blumberg knows so little about what he’s doing … Continue reading Gimlet Media
So NaNoWriMo is coming up in November. Is it NaNo-RYE-Mo or NaNo-RHEE-Mo? I’ve always said “rye” myself. I have started and flailed several efforts at cranking out a horrible first novel so why not try again? I’m “cheating” in the sense that I’m starting now and will probably not finish in November but maybe cranking out a couple 1000 words or so every week will … Continue reading Writing a Novel
David Malki is brilliant. Every sports interview should go like this. Continue reading And I Ran. I Ran All Night and Day.
From Here To There There is a particularly dull aspect to life as an adult where all of the rough edges are rounded off through self-imposed peer pressure. Tentative steps at negotiating a path between your own impulses and inner life with the unstated expectations of the very serious adults around you turn into heavier and heavier footsteps on a road. Days turn into months … Continue reading Novel in Progress: Week 1
Lev Grossman has written three Magicians books about Quentin Coldwater, Brakebills Academy and the magical land of Narnia Fillory. (By the way you can buy a print of the image above here) The first novel, The Magicians, took familiar tropes from a whole river of fantasy literature and invested in them a seriousness of emotion and consequence that was quite cathartic for me. In particular, … Continue reading The Magicians Trilogy