23 Nov, 2014

Sunday Sentence

November 23rd, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Another Sunday in which I participate in the Sunday Sentence Project (#SundaySentence on Twitter): "There is no collection that documents a person's life from moment of birth to moment of death. [...]

2 Oct, 2014

Deborah Levy’s Things I Don’t Want to Know

October 2nd, 2014|Tags: , |

Isn't this a great title? It's a great book, too; one of the most skillfully wrought I have read in a long time. Things I Don't Want to Know is [...]

30 Jun, 2014

Glen Finland on the Power of Storytelling

June 30th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Meeting other formidable writers is one of the great benefits of attending a writers residency. And so, last January, I had the great fortune of meeting Glen Finland during my [...]

15 Jun, 2014

In Honor of Father’s Day

June 15th, 2014|Tags: , |

I'm rerunning my six-word Dad memoir from three years ago, that sadly will always be true because, even 29 years after he died, the tears can still creep up on [...]

3 Jun, 2014

Is My Story Dramatic Enough?

June 3rd, 2014|Tags: |

Last week my essay "Is My Story Dramatic Enough?" was published in the Washington Independent Review of Books. Its foundation was laid one evening when one of my students stopped [...]

29 May, 2014

Living with Chronic Pain

May 29th, 2014|Tags: , |

I can't write about the book I recently finished and liked so much, Lynne Greenberg's The Body Broken, without going into my own experience of chronic pain, which is why [...]

13 Apr, 2014

Sunday Sentence: China Dreams

April 13th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Another Sunday in which I participate in the Sunday Sentence Project (#SundaySentence on Twitter) "I sat on the floor [...] feeling unfathomably happy at having known a sad man, at [...]

31 Mar, 2014

Sunday Sentence

March 31st, 2014|Tags: , , |

Another Sunday in which I participate in the Sunday Sentence Project (#SundaySentence on Twitter): "The right thing to do is to do nothing, the place to do it is in a [...]

14 Feb, 2014

Leaving Russia

February 14th, 2014|Tags: , , |

With the Winter Olympics currently happening in Sochi, Russia, it fits that my review of Maxim Shrayer's memoir Leaving Russia just appeared in the Jewish Book World. Thanks to this book, I feel [...]

7 Oct, 2013

Writing about Real People

October 7th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

Writing about real people, especially family, is probably the number 1 issue writers of personal stories worry about. But it is not just an issue for nonfiction writers... In my [...]

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