Ten work-habit tips from a dead crime writer (Ross Macdonald)

Posted by on Oct 28, 2009 in Authors, Books, Writing | No Comments

During a recent road trip from Seattle through Idaho, Montana and North Dakota (and back), I had the chance to read a few books and writers who’ve long been on my list, including recent works by Walter Mosley and Laura Lippman, plus two oldies – Walker Percy’s “The Moviegoer,” and Ross MacDonald’s first novel, “The […]






Interview with Seattle author-blogger Molly Wizenberg of Orangette

Posted by on Oct 16, 2009 in Authors, Books, Journalism, Writing | No Comments

After reading about her in Sunset magazine earlier this year, I heard Wizenberg speak at the University of Washington (where I happened to be visiting a panel called “Journalism on the Brink” – see my May 11 post). She was there to discuss her recently published book, “A Homemade Life,” which grew from her popular […]






On author Jim Harrison’s memoir, “Off to the Side”

Posted by on Oct 7, 2009 in Authors, Books, Journalism, Writing | One Comment

I came across Harrison’s 2002 memoir at Powell’s Books during a recent trip to Portland, just before dropping my two sons off at a weeklong, late-summer skateboarding camp. Two-thirds of the way through the book, Harrison quotes William Faulker’s advise that all a writer needs is a pencil and tablet. [This is from Faulkner’s interview […]