Blog Index


Writing

157 POSTS

How you comin’ on that novel? | The Value of Uncertainty | Hemingway: “Make it alive” | Jeffrey Eugenides: Write Posthumously | Mary Karr: What you are doomed to write | Library Way | Blocked | Keats: “I was never afraid of failure” | “It’s always difficult” | “Each book should be a new beginning” | Tweet of the Day | Writer-in-chief, cont’d | Malcolm Gladwell: Late Bloomers | Henry James: The Art of Fiction | Quote of the Day | More Writing

Books

76 POSTS

“The extension of our sympathies” | Book lust (a continuing series) | Hemingway: “Make it alive” | Library Way | 1984 recovered | Best Book Trailer Ever | Ian McEwan on the ideal length of a story | Orwell: Good Bad Books | John Fox on ball games | The original death of publishing | Graham Greene by Yousuf Karsh | Ex Libris | Our golden age of reading | Making Gatsby | Support your indie bookstore! | More Books

Photography

73 POSTS

Winter | Creatures | New York, 1950 | New York, 1944 | Fan Ho | After the storm | Coney Island, 1952 | Route 66, 1969 | Antietam, 1862 | Goodbye, summer | Lartigue again | Lartigue | New York, 1908 | Graham Greene by Yousuf Karsh | L.A.P.D Archives, 1955 | More Photography

My Books

67 POSTS

Coming to Brookline | Trade paperback pub day | Stranded | Award season | Paperback Pub Day | 2012 Wrap-up | Akcyza! | On the subway | Dispatch from Paris | Défendre Jacob, the book trailer | Happy 49th | Picturing Jacob | Bookplates are back | Defending Jacob on the Today Show | The backlist is back | More My Books

Writers

61 POSTS

Updike on his early stories | Hemingway, 1945 | Valediction | Three Lawyer-Writers | Gay Talese | Ray Bradbury: Story of a Writer (1963) | Elmore Leonard on bad movies and good writing | Graham Greene by Yousuf Karsh | Joyce | John le Carré: The final interview | Lamb House | The Master | Public Writer, Private Writer | Hemingway, 1916 | Hemingway, 1923 | More Writers

Odds & Ends

57 POSTS

Louis C.K. on cell phones | Video of the Day | Quote of the Day | Quote of the Day | Obama offstage | Today’s paper | Three Lawyer-Writers | Emerson: Finish each day and be done with it | Homer votes | Quote of the Day | Quote of the Day | Do schools kill creativity? | The Holstee Manifesto | The Just World Hypothesis | Quote for the Day | More Odds & Ends

Creativity

48 POSTS

Craft | Annie Lennox on Creativity | The Value of Uncertainty | Quote of the Day | Blocked | Malcolm Gladwell: Late Bloomers | Steve Jobs on ideas vs. execution | Steve | Tchaikovsky: Work without inspiration | Picasso: I am always doing what I cannot do | Just create to create | “I’ve been stumped here for a while” | Grit | We built it for ourselves | Leonardo, procrastinator | More Creativity

Art

42 POSTS

Winter | “The extension of our sympathies” | Picasso: I am always doing what I cannot do | Lartigue again | Lartigue | Whale and Calf | Still lifes by Christopher Stott, cont’d | Iconic images colorized | Harlem, 1946 | New York, 1946 | Manhattan, 1959 | Robert Longo: Untitled (Windows at Night) | Rodin: The Old Courtesan | Emily Dickinson was here | N is for Neville | More Art

Sports

34 POSTS

Tweet of the Day | Chief’s ring | Giamatti on baseball | Fenway ’56 | John Fox on ball games | Yale vs. Princeton, 1903 | “A fair-haired crew-cut lad” | Cousy | Gehrig | Touch the Hem of His Garment | Quarterbacks of the NFL, 1961 | October baseball | Think Different, cont’d | Ali for Apple | Ted Williams, 1939 | More Sports

Boston

31 POSTS

The Strangler unearthed | Boston, 1940 | Demolition of Boston’s West End | This morning in the Public Garden | Missing the West End | Copley Square, 1910 | The Whitey Bulger book I’d like to read | The lost Vermeer | Whitey Bulger, age 23 | Southie reacts to the capture of Whitey Bulger | Front page | Robert Campbell on Boston’s Human Scale | Boston, 1971 | Back Bay, 1904 | The Friends of Eddie Coyle … Live | More Boston

Internet

31 POSTS

Library in the Cloud | A Little Facelift | Louis C.K. on Twitter | Continuous Partial Attention | What information consumes | Neil Gaiman: Web piracy is good publicity | Nosing around in nonsense | Tweeting to no one | Zadie Smith on Facebook | What “free” means on the web | Tumblng | Why the novel will survive the disappearance of the book | FontFonter | Writers Unplugged | The Way We Virtually Live Now | More Internet

Productivity

30 POSTS

Angela Lee Duckworth on Grit | Relax! You’ll Be More Productive | Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction | Orwell in torment | Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Creativity, happiness and flow | William James: The Importance of Habit | Tweet of the Day | Leonardo, procrastinator | Think Quantity | What information consumes | What good shall I do this day? | Daniel Pink: What Motivates Us | Quote of the Day | The Bermuda Triangle of Productivity | The Cure for Procrastination | More Productivity

Design

26 POSTS

Book lust (a continuing series) | 1984 recovered | Graying Obama | After the storm | Good F***ing Design Advice | Marilyn | Ad of the day | The Shape of Things to Come | Apple.com today | Think Different, cont’d | Ali for Apple | Think Different, cont’d | Ford XL-500 | Paul Rand for Ford | The minimalist’s business card | More Design

Publishing

25 POSTS

Inside Random House | The original death of publishing | Support your indie bookstore! | The Death of Print | Making books is fun! | Steichen at war | The end of the shy author? | Seth Godin: Ten Bestsellers | Neil Gaiman: Web piracy is good publicity | Copyright Run Amok | Great Moments in Publishing | Why the novel will survive the disappearance of the book | Not-So-Random House | How to design a book advertisement | The Perils of Advertising | More Publishing

Poetry

19 POSTS

“There is only the trying” | Imtiaz Dharker: Carving | “MCMXIV” by Philip Larkin | Rilke: “The Man Watching” | Sunday poem: “Tonight I Can Write” by Pablo Neruda | “The Writer” by Richard Wilbur | Auden: September 1939 | “Best Society” by Philip Larkin | “Strawberries” by Edwin Morgan | “Perfection Wasted” by John Updike | Browning: “a few I value more” | Adrienne Rich: “Prospective Immigrants Please Note” | Ted Kooser: “Daddy Longlegs” | Walt Whitman for Levi’s | How to Make a Movie About a Writer | More Poetry

Music

19 POSTS

Bonnie Prince Billy: I See a Darkness | Alison Krauss: Baby, Now That I’ve Found You | George Harrison: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea | Ad of the day | Video of the day | “I’ve been stumped here for a while” | Sam and Dave: You Don’t Know Like I Know (1967) | Teddy Thompson: In My Arms | Talking Heads: Life During Wartime | Amy Winehouse: “Teach Me Tonight” (2004) | Billy Preston and Ray Charles: Agent Double-O Soul | Record Club: Need You Tonight | Wanda Jackson: Thunder on the Mountain | The Duke’s Men: Either Way | Dub FX: Soothe Your Pain | More Music

Crime

18 POSTS

L.A.P.D Archives, 1955 | The road to ruin | The Whitey Bulger book I’d like to read | The lost Vermeer | Whitey Bulger, age 23 | Southie reacts to the capture of Whitey Bulger | Our golden age | Why are we attracted to crime stories? | Face of the Day | Auden: Murder is unique | A Hangman’s Metaphysics | The Murder Gene | The issue is inequality, not total wealth | Life Magazine Photos of Boston’s Strangler Days | Angiulo, Barboza and fictionalizing the Boston Mob | More Crime

Movies

15 POSTS

Aaron Sorkin: Now all I have to do… | Marilyn | “And then I saw her…” | Laziness will not do | Making Eddie Coyle | In the wry | Five Fingers of Death | Happy St. Crispin’s Day | The origin of “I coulda been a contender” | The High-Low Problem | Vita Brevis, Ars Brevior | As if they had been around all along | How to Make a Movie About a Writer | Best Boston Movie Ever: “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” | “The Commitments” | More Movies

Book Reviews

14 POSTS

“Madame Bovary” translated by Lydia Davis | Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin | No such thing as a bad review | “Next” | Man Out of Time: “The Disenchanted” by Budd Schulberg | “Matterhorn” | “Wolf Hall” | “Little Dorrit”: Dickens’ Teeming World | “Tamburlaine Must Die” | “This Is Where I Leave You” | “City of Thieves” | The Definitive Boston Crime Novel: “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” | Oprah’s Mystery Reading List | “The Lazarus Project” by Aleksandar Hemon | More Book Reviews

My Other Writing

3 POSTS

Boston’s Wonderful/Terrible City Hall | Ten Views of the Combat Zone | The Definitive Boston Crime Novel: “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” | More My Other Writing

Personal

2 POSTS

John and Me, cont’d | John and Me | More Personal