Tag Archives: the writing life

Storytelling

Human beings are born storytellers. Quite literally – it’s in our DNA and may have been a driving force behind the construction of culture over the course of our evolution once language had come on the scene (and it is possible to think even before then, albeit in more limited ways). We use our stories […]

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Reflected glory

It can be so depressing to pick up a classic. When you open Fitzgerald, Proust, Morrison, Goethe, Austen, Tolstoy, Woolf, you are not only faced with a work of profound beauty you find yourself staring into a mirror of your own inadequacies, and the glare of it all is harsh to say the least. John […]

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Solitude and self-sufficiency

As our long-term readers will know, we at Drugstore Books have mostly been painfully ignorant of that part of the internet dubbed “social media”, and indeed of nearly every other part as well. We were wired in different times and none of this came naturally to any of us, though we can perhaps be given […]

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On melancholy

Happiness is not a writer’s friend. When looked at in a way that extends beyond the blinkers of one’s narrow and necessarily personalized day-to-day the world can seem a horrible place. What’s more, underneath all of the tragedies that greet us our human condition is one of servitude, in one way or another. And this […]

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What does it mean to be a writer?

I am always honored when students seek out my advice on something, especially when it comes to their personal lives. This is mainly because I consider myself not to know anything and to be largely incapable of adequately running my own life. (It is a process after all, this learning to live.) Nevertheless, a student […]

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If

Another By Prescription Only round has come and gone and I find myself in a whimsical mood so drift along with me, if you will, on some gentle breezes… I sometimes like to daydream about the kind of days I’d have if I were a full-time writer. How would I structure my time? How many […]

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