What I Have Not Got

So much in writing depends upon the superficiality of one’s days. One may be preoccupied with shopping and income tax returns and chance conversations, but the stream of the unconscious continues to flow undisturbed, solving problems, planning ahead: one sits down sterile and dispirited at the desk, and suddenly the words come as though from … More What I Have Not Got


We’re on the verge– the Very Brink– of teenager-hood over here. I can hardly believe it. Will’s thirteenth birthday is next month, and I find myself looking for signs…. For the most part, Will isn’t showing many. I mean, the personality change that parents sometimes groan about hasn’t emerged. He’s still his joyful, delightful self. … More Signs


It comes today from William Faulkner. I think that, when it comes to writing, this guy knew a thing or two. “Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” And “A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.” Now … More Help