Ernest Hemingway on Good Stuff

“You know you’re writing well when you’re throwing good stuff into the wastebasket.”Ernest Hemingway

What Are You Reading in February?

What is on your end-of-winter book list? I’m finishing up preliminary work for my novella; as a result, I haven’t been able to devote too much time to reading. Here’s where I’m at this month…

Since 1st February, I’ve finished:

  • Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk by John Doe with Tom DeSavia and Friends (Foreword by Billie Joe Armstrong)

I’m Currently Reading:

  • Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond 1977-1981 by Liz Worth
  • Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War by Amanda Vaill
  • The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty
  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Which book on your list do you most look forward to reading, and why?

Please share with me in the comments!

What Are You Reading in January?

What is on your book list, as the new year begins? Are you binge-reading your way into 2017, or taking a break from a well-read 2016? I’m off to a slow start, mostly because I am writing a novella of my own. Here’s where I’m at so far…

Since 1st January, I’ve finished:

  • Beautiful Boredom: Idleness and Feminine Self-Realization in the Victorian Novel by Lee Anna Maynard
  • Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by Lesley M. M. Blume
Hemingway and Friends

Hemingway and Friends

Ernest Hemingway, with Harold Loeb, Lady Duff Twysden, Hadley Richardson (Hemingway), Donald Ogden Stewart, and Pat Guthrie

I’m currently reading:

  • Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary by Bertrand M. Patenaude
  • The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair by Margaret Creighton

To be read by 31 January:

  • Across an Untried Sea: Discovering Lives Hidden in the Shadow of Convention and Time by Julia Markus

Which book on your list do you most look forward to reading, and why?

Please share with me in the comments!

[Alternative Muses] Two Exits and an Entrance: Burns, Terry, and Hemingway

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“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”-Ernest Hemingway

“Eulogy is nice but one does not learn anything from it.”-Ellen Terry

“Let them cant about decorum, who have characters to lose!”-Robert Burns

Writers Enjoying Winter, Part One

The Fitzgerald Family Celebrating Christmas

The Fitzgerald Family Celebrating Christmas

Ernest, Hadley, and Jack Hemingway in Schruns, Austria. 1925

Ernest, Hadley, and Jack Hemingway in Schruns, Austria (1925)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle enjoying a ski holiday

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle enjoying a ski holiday

Sylvia Plath and Marcia Brown Stern courtesy alumnae association of smith college

Sylvia Plath and Marcia Brown Stern (courtesy Alumnae Association of Smith College)