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Review: Reading Like a Writer

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: Diversity, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Goodreads Amazon The most important things, I told them, were observation and consciousness. Keep your eyes open, see clearly, think about what you see, ask yourself what it means. I read this book on the recommendation of a good writing friend who suggested it as a way to improve my writing (yes, I write but I [...]

Guest Book Review – The Lion by Joseph Kessel

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Guest Post, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Joseph Kessel Amazon Goodreads Guest Review by Florence Lefebvre "She had the same right as any animal to experience the sacred spasm that makes the earth quiver with a wet trembling every spring." (Belle de Jour) Forget everything you know about Africa. Let the songs of the Masai warriors carry your thought to the deepest [...]

The Red Rising Trilogy and Lip Service Feminism | Rabbit Hole

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Diversity, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Let’s get a few things out of the way first. Pierce Brown’s Red Rising and its sequel Golden Son are well-written, intelligent sci-fi. The world-building’s solid (if a bit cliche-… Source: The Red Rising Trilogy and Lip Service Feminism | Rabbit Hole

10 Italian Books by Women We’d Love to See in English | Literary Hub

By | June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Diversity, Reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |

As more attention is paid to literature in translation, more tools emerge to aid us in trying to bring new (and in some cases, old) foreign works to an English-speaking audience. Sometimes, however… Source: 10 Italian Books by Women We’d Love to See in English | Literary Hub

Digressions – Reading Lolita because of Reading Lolita in Tehran

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by C.T. D'Alessandro I have to confess to a literary "squirrel" moment, except that, when it comes to reading, such a moment might last for days or even weeks.  And like most digressions, this one has proven most instructive and pleasurable. I began my personal book challenge with Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran (you can see [...]

8 Creative Writing Tips from Famous Authors and How to Incorporate Them Into Your Own Work

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , |

Fed up with creative writing tips that are punchlines and platitudes rather than useful advice? Here are tips for writers that you can actually use. Source: 8 Creative Writing Tips from Famous Authors and How to Incorporate Them Into Your Own Work

How Do You Read? – The Pleasure Of The Slow Read

By | May 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Diversity, Reading, Reading Challenge, Teaching, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |

by C.T. D'Alessandro I'm a slow reader. Not slow as in I-read-100-words-a-minute slow. I'm actually a terrifyingly fast when looked at in terms of word count (a consequence of a speed-reading class I took in 8th grade). When I say I'm a slow reader, what I mean is that I actually sit with a book for [...]

12 bookstores every reader should visit in their lifetime | Books | Culture | The Independent

By | May 17th, 2016|Categories: Reading|Tags: , , , , |

Are you someone who refuses to believe the theory that “print is dead”? Who always makes room in a suitcase for a paperback? Who finds it easy to spend more time at a charmingly ramshackle bookstore than a crowded tourist attraction? You're not alone. The organizers of Independent Bookstore Day celebrate book havens and book lovers [...]

The Unbearable Weight Of Staying – (the end of the relationship) | warsan shire

By | April 28th, 2016|Categories: Diversity, Poetry, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |

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Seeing yourself reflected in the mirror of the world

By | September 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Diversity, Personal Essay, Reading|Tags: , , , , , |

Inaugural Post by C.T. D'Alessandro Representation matters. Seeing yourself reflected in the stories you consume can change the quality of your life and the way you interact with the world. When you find yourself in a novel or story, it reminds you that you exist and that you and your community are not just a construct [...]

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