November 2009

  • “Aren’t you afraid the humiliation of rejection will kill you?”

    Elizabeth Gilbert at TED, talking about the fear that lingers behind the nagging need to write, the curious nature of genius and what happens when you keep showing up to do your job. Bonus points for using Tom Waits as a positive role model.

  • NaNoWriMo: Back on the horse

    After taking a few days off post-TEDx, I’m back on-course, at 13, 339 words. And today is not yet over (though the finale of Mad Men looms, with a giant time-sucking sound.)

  • MICA’s Brown Center was a great venue for TEDx MidAtlantic

    I’ve driven past, or under it nearly a hundred times, but today was the first time I had the opportunity to spend time inside The Brown Center, the glass-curtained building with the thrusting overhang that opened on the MICA campus a few years back. All I can say is: Wow. Modern spaces can often be […]

  • Tom Stoppard on writing, via Scott Simon at today’s TEDx MidAtlantic

    It had been years since I’d thought of this beautiful passage about writing until I heard Scott Simon quote it this morning at TEDx MidAtlantic. It comes from the amazing play The Real Thing, by Tom Stoppard: “Words… They’re innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after […]

  • NaNoWriMo inspiration: Laura Lippman

    Maybe it’s because we used to work for the same newspaper. Or maybe it’s because she nails the details of Baltimore in her books. Or maybe it’s because the woman can write the hell out of a book and leave you wondering how she does it. Whatever, I’m a fanboy, a homer. So here’s summa […]

  • “He’s a writer looking for inspiration…”

    Who remembers this great movie about finding the writer’s muse?

  • It’s a Mad Men world

    Here’s a not-quite-so-random thought following last night’s penultimate episode of Season 3 of Mad Men: What if the next episode jumps as far forward in the timeline as is normally reserved for a new season? Why? Last night’s episode was both a hard ending (Don, crushed and defeated) and a beginning (The real 1960s that […]