Notes in September 2019

In reading about writing, I’ve picked up my old copy of Rita Mae Brown’s Starting from Scratch: A Different Kind of Writing Manual. I wasn’t far off from discovering Rubyfruit Jungle when I discovered this book, and now I’m curious how much of my remembered fondness for her how-to volume was actually fondness for Rubyfruit. We’ll soon see.

In writing about writing, I am working on a piece about the ways in which fiction can help us examine the truths reported in the media.

In reading about reading, I have been dabbling in Jane Mount’s illustrated volume. Nothing like a book of booklists to make you want to read and read and read.

And, in writing about reading, I have been researching and rereading Barbara Pym with an eye to writing about my enjoyment of her fiction.

September 3, 2019

“September is the time to begin again. On that first autumn evening, I always felt that my season of good luck had come.”
Eleanor Perenyi