Notes in November 2019

In reading about writing, I’ve enjoyed Benjamin Dreyer’s Dreyer’s English and Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat Writes a Novel. And I’m currently dabbling in Smith Magazine’s collection of The Moment, about “one-time chances, unexpected coincidences, and sudden catastrophes that made all the difference in the story of one life”, by 125 writers and artists, famous and obscure.

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 just begun to read Rachel Cusk’s collection, Coventry. (it is more about writing at this point, but the last section is more about reading, by the looks of it).

And, in writing about reading, I have been rereading The Handmaid’s Tale and comparing the elements which most appealed to me as a younger reader and how that has changed over the course of time.

November 13, 2019

“It was late autumn and the days were getting shorter. The city, people, trees – all these were slowing and turning inwards upon themselves.”
Philip Ó Ceallaigh’s “Walking Away”