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Showing posts from February, 2011

On Rooting Oneself

During my years in graduate school and afterward, friends who knew I aspired to become a writer had advised me to seek out a big city on one of the coasts--New York, say, or San Francisco, Chicago or New Orleans, Seattle or Miami--some place that readers had heard about, some place where influential critics might tout my books, where I was likely to meet filmmakers at cocktail parties, where a cab ride could deliver me to television studios.  And they also urged me to pull up stakes and move whenever I saw a chance for more prestige or more publicity. My friends were probably right, if my ruling ambition were to make a name for myself.  But my chief ambition, I discovered during our early years in Bloomington, was not to make a good career, but a good life.  And such a life, as I came to understand it, meant being a husband and father first, and an employee second; it meant belonging to a place rather than to a profession; it meant being a citizen as well as an artist.          --Scot…

Absinthe Minded: Absinthe Recommends: Films

I've already posted this at Facebook, but I didn't link it here.  Here are a couple of reviews I wrote for a fine local (to Michigan) journal.  If you like contemporary Euro-lit, be sure to find a copy of Absinthe today.

Absinthe Minded: Absinthe Recommends: Films: "We'll continue with our film recommendations from Absinthe #14: I Have Loved You So Long Directed by Phillipe Claudel France, 2008 The funny..."