I'm very happy to see my client, Michael Sandberg's, collection of short stories, The Evil That Men Do published by Deuxmers, up at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as in bookstores. He also got great reviews from the San Francisco Book Review, Manhattan Book Review, and Kirkus. Way to go, Michael!
“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.”
— James Baldwin
To tell a story is to say: this is the important story. It is to reduce the spread and simultaneity of everything to something linear, a path.
— Susan Sontag
"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep directly open to and aware of the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
— Martha Graham
"That's always where a story is: somebody who would like to say something but can't. You wait for that moment when the liberating word, the liberating sentence, arrives on the scene. And maybe it never does."
— Charles Baxter
I was very excited to find out my essay, "Border Crossing," published in 2015 in Grist Journal, was selected as a "Notable Essay" in the 2016 Best American Essays.
"Your work is to keep cranking the flywheel that turns the gears that spin the belt in the engine of belief that keeps you and your desk in midair."
— Annie Dillard
“I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird