Archives For February 2013

With his irreverent book Half Empty, David Rakoff made me laugh. Out loud and lots. But he also explained, succinctly and in his unique way (here insert adult content warning), what being an artist is really about (the italics are mine):

… hanging out can be marvellous. But hanging out does not make one an artist. And secondhand wardrobe does not make one an artist. Neither do a hair-trigger temper, melancholic Continue Reading…

List.100BestBooks

In that time before smartphones, I kept this raggedy scrap of paper in my wallet. It was a list called “The best 100 books of fiction”—put together by Oxford, if I remember correctly. I kept it handy in case I found myself passing a second hand bookstore where I could pick up some reading that was both entertaining and wholesome, and dirt cheap besides. Continue Reading…