Nell Zink’s Novel Journey

  "There are a lot of ways to stay safe as a writer: by not writing, by writing to no one, by writing to a single admirer, by challenging the judgment of those with the power to judge, by not putting much effort into your work. 'It’s hard,' Zink writes in 'The Wallcreeper,' 'trying to

The Best American Travel Writing 2014

The Best American Travel Writing, which highlights the best travel stories from the previous full year, arrives in bookstores and on tablets this week. The 2014 edition is edited by Paul Theroux, who has selected some outstanding reads from a variety of print and online publications. Here are few that you can read online right

Little Libraries

Does your community have a Little Free Library yet? These have been sprouting up around my county lately and I am really impressed with the concept. Take a book, add a book. It feels like finding lost treasure. The first LFL I saw was focused on children's books, which was excellent because I was at

The Best American Travel Writing 2012

The Best American Travel Writing 2012 is out. I started writing about travel just a few years shy of the debut, 12 years ago, of this annual series of the best travel stories from American publications. For most of the last dozen years, I have treated myself to the BATW, usually at Christmas time. It's a professional

Five Reasons Why I’m Returning My Kindle

Update Attention Readers: This post is severely out of date! It refers to the original Kindle, which I did, indeed, return. Three years later, I have purchased an 8GB, 7" Kindle Fire (primarily for my son). A review of that gadget is possibly forthcoming; I will not be returning it. If you'd like to know