Thoughts on “The Most Dangerous Animal of All” by Gary Stewart with Susan Mustafa

"My father wrapped me tightly in the dirty blue blanket and laid me there on the floor, making sure the pacifier was in my mouth so I would not cry before he was able to make his escape. He turned away, leaving me alone on the stairwell, clad only in a white towel that served [...]

Why Books Are Better Than People

It could be my experience in customer service that has inspired me to write this post, however, this is something I've always believed to some degree: Books are better than people. Don't believe me? You will soon. Books are always available. If you are up in the middle of the night, you can just roll over [...]

Book Review: “My Salinger Year” by Joanna Rakoff

WARNING: CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS FOR THE AFOREMENTIONED MEMOIR.  A synopsis taken from the writer's website: At 23, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent of J. D. Salinger. She spends her days [...]

This is a Story about YOU: a Documentary

A few weeks ago, I was given an assignment to create an autobiographical piece for my documentary class. No big deal, I thought. I talk about myself on my blog all the time. Producing a 10 minute video over a subject I know intimately should be no struggle. It is such a struggle. I've amassed [...]

Thoughts on “Bird By Bird” by Anne Lamott

Description here.  I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but it was recommended to me by a creative writing major at my university so I thought I'd give it a read. I am so glad that I did. This is, unquestionably, the best book I've ever read on writing. And, yes, that includes [...]