I just finished reading Anita Brookner's Hotel Du Lac--a lesson, if there was ever one, on why a passive character is frustrating/boring. That quibble aside, I found the discussion of marriage and an unmarried woman's role in society fascinating and a little depressing. The book was published in 1984, and though I have never considered myself (happily single) as less than, I have noticed that marriage is still strangely seen as some kind of end-all, be-all in certain circles. The final, wispy vestiges, I hope, of a previous time. (I'm not anti marriage, but I am anti "placing a woman's worth on her marital status.")
Two articles that pushed me towards Anita Brookner (aside from the NYT article I linked to in a previous post):
Anita Brookner, The Art of Fiction No. 98 (Note a subscription is required to read the whole thing, but even the first few paragraphs are worth a look)
Other bits & pieces I read:
On "A Lucky Man" by Jamel Brinkley Once upon a time Jamel and I were in a workshop together. He is a superb writer, and I'm excited to read his collection out May 1. (And, yes, I preordered a copy!) Pair with The Art of Staring: An Interview with Jamel Brinkley.
A Smarter Author Platform for the Digital Era of Publishing In my winery ecommerce/marketing career, it's all about lead gen these days, and I had never thought about how lead gen is essential for the author, too. Good stuff but not easy stuff.
I'm futzing around with some new stories, taking running starts at one in particular, trying to find my way in. This is another way of saying that I haven't really focused (in a "butt in the chair" kind of way) on writing in these last two weeks, and that feels like a kind of failure.