Rakoff battles mindless optimism, cancer, with new book ‘Half Empty’
Author David Rakoff pauses during an interview in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. The impulse to write about pessimism seemed like a natural one for …
|Breaking: BendFilm gets ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ first in Northwest (and dang near …
The big news is the Oregon and Northwest premiere of “Meek’s Cutoff,” Kelly Reichardt’s made-in-Eastern-Oregon film of a Jon Raymond script about the …
Q & A with Author Stephen Elliott
Stephen Elliott, author of “The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder” was showcased at Frequency North, the Visiting Writers Reading …’
Guest post by: Conrad Wesselhoeft
Author of Adios, Nirvana, Conrad Wesselhoeft appears at Wordstock Festival on Saturday, October 9th at 12pm on the McMenamins Stage, and again on Sunday, October 10th at 2pm on the Target Stage.
Writing process: I work three to five hours each morning–at the kitchen counter instead of at my desk. (It’s nearer the coffee pot.) Before I start, I open my day journal and write “Bash” and then “Swoop.” These are Kurt Vonnegut-isms for a): the act of writing with painstaking attention to detail, usually at a snail’s pace; and b): the act of writing with little attention to detail, usually more quickly. First, I bash the pages I’ve been working on all week, then I lower my standards and swoop into new territory. The balance is not even: I bash more than I swoop, unfortunately.