Tag Archives: Andrew Oberg

The life of a book

There’s an interesting section in Walter Kaufmann’s prologue to his translation of Martin Buber’s I and Thou that I think has a real bearing on us as we pursue our projects and that speaks particularly pertinently to the writer of today with her expanded options for obtaining a readership — by which I mainly mean […]

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Recharging

Let’s face it: writing is a nasty business. And that applies regardless of whether or not it actually is your business in purely economic terms. It’s an exhausting form of some kind of quasi-entrapment whereby the thought and trend police can spring the trigger and bring the gate to a slamming close behind us, leaving […]

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How often — and how much — should we write?

I would have thought that one of us would have a done a post on writing pace but a search through the archives doesn’t turn anything up that’s directly related. (Correct if I’m wrong here, fellas.) Unless I’m overlooking something it does seem odd that we haven’t discussed this point yet as it is rather […]

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The joys of writing?

For the past two years I’ve been focusing on academic writing, both out of personal interest and also because it’s what hiring committees want to see in their applicants. I enjoy the process of reading widely, taking notes, reflecting on, and deeply interacting with the texts, and then organizing it all together into a new […]

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Our Present Absence by Andrew Oberg

The latest in our current By Prescription Only: Themed Writing essay and short story showcase on Space is from one of our original soda jerks: Andrew Oberg. Enjoy? Enjoy! And here we go: The following is a nonfiction essay expressing the views of the author solely and not necessarily those of Drugstore Books. Works cited […]

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Applying One’s Self by Andrew Oberg

This week we launch the second series in our ongoing By Prescription Only: Themed Writing short story and essay showcase. The topic this time around is Expectation. Grab a drink, sit down, and enjoy the show! Your soda jerks, Paul, Nick and Andrew. You heard her: The following story is entirely a work of fiction. […]

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This has got nothing to do with George by Andrew Oberg

Our By Prescription Only: Themed Writing short story and essay showcase on Privacy continues… Puppy dogs and bunny rabbits: The following is a nonfiction essay expressing the views of the author solely and not necessarily those of Drugstore Books. Works cited are referenced and valid as of the time of posting. This has got nothing […]

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Plug in

As Paul posted on a few weeks back, at the end of the year here we’re going to unveil the first set of what will hopefully be a long-running showcase of themed writing. The chosen topic this time around is Privacy, and we’re currently taking any short stories or essays on the theme that are […]

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Do Not Walk on the Water

Part of my summer reading list this year was an historical novel set in the recently decolonized countries of sub-Saharan Africa called Eland Dances by Philip van Wulven. It was a quick and pretty fun read. I also read an in-depth and thought-provoking review of an English translation of another historical novel (The Dream of […]

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The gods favor us

When I first read the title of Will Gompertz’s entertaining piece on the BBC a couple of weeks ago (‘The “mummy porn” author and the suburban bookshop’), I thought to myself, ‘Mummy porn? I can imagine undead vampire sex but mummies…’ Then I of course realized that I was being an idiot and it was […]

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