Wise words about political activism from author Elie Wiesel.
With the severity of the Native American plight, escapism is a very realistic and practical defense against misery. This is quite evident in Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven. In this novel, Alexie captures an elaborate depiction of reservation life. The characters are terminally suspended in the abyss commonly known... Continue Reading →
It's been more than 10 years since I first read - The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Yet in light of Donald Trump's recent inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants, I thought I'd revisit Cisneros' punchy little novel about finding a sense of belonging. The House on Mango Street is written in an episodic... Continue Reading →
Michael Crichton is one of my favorite fiction authors. "Jurassic Park" the novel was instrumental in starting my career in screenwriting. When I was a teenager I read the book and then I saw the movie. I was devastated to say the least because of all the great material that never made it into the... Continue Reading →
There are times when a poem leaps off the page and flies right into your heart. This is the domain of spoken word poetry. Some of my favorite poems weren't discovered until someone actually read the words aloud (I Am A Sword, Still I Rise, etc.) There is currently a refugee crisis in Southeast Asia... Continue Reading →
I just wanted to share another fun little literary map. This one was created by LoveReading.co.uk and it's absolutely AMAZING! Have you ever wondered how many books were written about New York City or which authors wrote about life in the Australian Outback? This world map is your one stop shop...and it's free. Just follow... Continue Reading →
There are tons of books about World War II. People love writing about this period of world history. However, there's a new book called When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning that focuses on the actual books that soldiers carried with them to war. From pulp fiction to modern day classics, soldiers read... Continue Reading →