Notes for Summer 2017

In 2017, I’m re-reading some old favourites and looking for new favourites.

I’ve reread Jack Hodgins, and still in the rereading stack are Dorothea Brande’s Becoming a Writer, John Gardner’s On Becoming a Novelist and Eudora Welty’s One Writer’s Beginnings.

As for more recent fare, I’ve recently finished the first volume of the Paris Review Interviews, Robin Robertson’s Mortification, and Meredith Maran’s Why We Write about Ourselves.

I’m interested in reading some writer’s diaries (working and otherwise) this year. Last year I discovered Dawn Powell’s diaries and John Steinbeck’s (which Louise DeSalvo recommended).

Let me know if you have favourites. I’m always happy to add to a reading list.


There were never enough hours in a summer day to extract the full joy of being alive.
Dorothy West The Living is Easy

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