2020 already feels like The Twilight Zone. Might as well lean in to it.
True Notebooks recounts Mark Salzman’s experience teaching a writing class in Los Angeles’ juvenile hall. It gives so much to think about, but most remarkably demonstrates that teenagers in Juvenile Hall over two decades ago were writing about themes and ideas I think about all the time. I suspect you’ll have the same experience, if … Continue reading Book Recommendation
Douglas Adams — 42. Arthur Dent wakes up to find Earth about to be destroyed for an intergalactic superhighway. Who among us can’t say the same? Hijinx ensue. The perfect book to illustrate life’s inherent absurdities. Richard Ben Cramer — Cramer makes the list based on one book alone, the remarkable What It Takes: The … Continue reading Ten Writers That Influenced Me (in Alphabetical Order)
Author’s Note: I have written many things over the years, but I am proudest of this short eulogy, prepared and delivered for my grandfather Russell Hillman's funeral in 2013. I think about him a lot, and I thought the new website would give me a chance to revisit this piece and reflect on it several … Continue reading Revisiting Grandpa’s Eulogy (With Annotation)
“But speech alone, valuable as it ever has been, and is, has not advanced the condition of the world much. . . . Writing—the art of communicating thoughts to the mind, through the eye—is the great invention of the world. Great in the astonishing range of analysis and combination which necessarily underlies the most crude … Continue reading Well Said (Lincoln)
“Had my credentials been in order I would never have become a writer. Had I been blessed with even limited access to my own mind there would have been no reason to write. I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I … Continue reading Well Said (Didion)