Random Family: On showing, telling, and showing up…

I’m working on a piece that takes place in the inner-city, and going back over Random Family, which I read almost a year ago. The book is chock-full of incredible reporting, and clean simple prose that make the breaking heart of the story burst clear-through. Too many scenes and snippets (and even profoundly good exposition) to recount, but I wanted to … Continue reading Random Family: On showing, telling, and showing up…

More FWTBT

This from early in chapter 42. Where Andres the guerrilla is trying desperately to get a message from Robert Jordan to Golz about calling off the attack. Mostly because of the language. But also as a technical matter, to note how he stitches global and individual perspective into same scene.   Now they went fast, swooping … Continue reading More FWTBT

Big Books of Science Narrative: my reading list for 2016

I watched 88 episodes of Gilmore Girls in just the past two months, and read less than twelve books in all of 2015. I am confessing here because I think  the shame of putting these two facts, side-by-side, out into the world might actually finally jolt me into amending for them. Eighty-eight episodes of Gilmore Girls, less than … Continue reading Big Books of Science Narrative: my reading list for 2016

Oh Steinbeck…

I was in Nevada City, California earlier this summer  – in the Sierra Nevada foothills, not far from Lake Tahoe – reporting a piece for Pacific Standard. And on a day-off,  I happened into this quaint little bookstore run by this adorable elderly couple. Nevada City is an old mining town, with the architecture and kitschy tourist … Continue reading Oh Steinbeck…