New Boy, the soundtrack: Let Roberta Flack, The Jackson Five and Three Dog Night transport you to 1974. Tracy Chevalier, author of nine brilliant novels, has created a soulful playlist to accompany New Boy, a retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello.
Check out other playlists, including one for Chevalier’s novel At the end of the Orchard.
TED2017 begins on Monday in Vancouver, Canada, and will explore the theme “The Future You.” If the future you is anything like the future us, you are likely curled up in a big cushy chair right now, devouring the contents of a book that flips your thinking. Below, some reading suggestions from the speaker program. Read, enjoy and…
The writer’s life is full of rejection, and rejection hurts. Even when you court it. Today, after logging the 10th rejection letter of 2017, I am taking comfort in the words of Saul Bellow.
“I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his [sic] own judgment, and to say in his heart of hearts, ‘ To hell with you.'”
Who says Canadians aren’t romantic? CBC Radio has released Northern Love, an epic list of Canadian love songs that will prove those naysayers wrong. From mainstream classics sung by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan and Leonard Cohen to alt rock hits penned by superstars like Ron Sexsmith, Daniel Lanois and The Weakerthans, this playlist covers the full spectrum of romance. From sweet, sticky pop tunes to dark gothic narratives.
It’s “better than chocolate.” (Hat tip to Ms. McLachlan.)
This year I am hoping to cash in on rejections. In fact, I am hoping to end the year with 100 big ones. As of January 31st, I’d accumulated three emails saying “thanks, try again later.” Now the pressure is on. I have just 11 months to rack up 97 more. That’s 8.82 per month. I’d better get busy.
Not sure why I’m so eager to get knocked down? Visit 100 Rejections to find out.
By L. Roger Owens
John, author of the Bible’s book of Revelation—his apocalypse occurred on the island of Patmos. Mine began in a shopping plaza parking lot two days before Christmas. I’d just dropped my wife off at the grocery store to buy the final foodstuffs for Christmas Eve dinner, along with everyone else, judging […]