Category Archives: Going to Solace

My debut novel.

I’ll Have What They’re Having

“If you’re going to invent, you’re going to disrupt.” That’s Jeff Bezos talking. Once upon a time, he was Mr. Amazon. Now he’s Mr. Amazon Publishing. For good and ill, he’s inventing a seismic disruption of the book world. Journalists … Continue reading

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Joie de Livre: Shared Reading

It’s been a big week. I was honored to moderate a panel celebrating the joys of shared reading called Joie de Livre (great pun) for the Women’s National Book Association and Litquake. I love the speed-chess thinking that has to happen when … Continue reading

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D.A.R. 2.0

My mother was one. That means I’m one: a (big quotes here) “Daughter of the American Revolution.” I wouldn’t have known that if my dad hadn’t told me because my mother never spoke of it. Why? The thought “mortified” her, … Continue reading

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On Tolerance and Toleration

Thinking ’bout the South THE LANGUAGE OF RESPECT My address says CA, but all I see from my writing desk these days are my old familiars, the mountains of NC. Given a continent’s remove from those parts, I speak of … Continue reading

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Civility

Thinking ’bout the South THE SEMIOTICS OF REGARD Today’s New York Times ran one of those borderline-quaint regional features about the decline of manners in the South (“A Last Bastion of Civility”). I suppose it’s not easy to find an … Continue reading

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Shaggy and Nosy and Loud

Thinking about Writing FIELD WORK  A balmy Sunday afternoon. Bright sun. Cool air. I drive myself well out of town down a dusty road to a sheep farm. It features a modest farmhouse, not a mansion. Worn wooden fencing surrounded … Continue reading

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“Why I Live at the P.O.”

Thinking ’bout the South SOCIAL MEDIA: OLD SCHOOL Great New York Times article this morning on the vanishing of little post offices around this country. I was lucky enough to “come up,” as we say in the South, summering in a … Continue reading

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