The description below pretty much says it. Except that Dillard can really turn a phrase.
In this collection of short essays, Annie Dillard—the author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and An American Childhood—illuminates the dedication, absurdity, and daring that characterize the existence of a writer. A moving account of Dillard’s own experience, The Writing Life offers deep insight into one of the most mysterious professions.
A nice book of essays from Le Guin. Taken from her blog. The first section on aging is basically worth the price of the book.
On cultural perceptions of fantasy: “The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is ‘escapism’ an accusation of?”
Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she’s in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice—sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical—shines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula’s online writing, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her unceasing wonder…
Jay Defeo worked on the massive painting, The Rose, for 8 years. When it was removed from her apartment, it basically went into storage for almost 30 years, before being restored and conserved by the Whitney museum.The artist never got to see her most famous piece hanging in a museum like she wanted. This book of essays, and photos, gives a good overview of The Rose’s and Jay Defeo’s place in art history.
So it’s 2018 now. A new year. Time for changes, as it were. 2017 ended in a not so good way for me, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma cancer on November 14th. Ive had one operation on my spine to remove a mass that was impinging my spinal cord, and causing pain, and some bad neuropathy in my legs. The operation took care of the pain, but I still don’t have full function of the legs.
I’ve been through radiation, and have started chemotherapy. This week I head for Dana-Farber in Boston, to see if I’m a candidate for stem cell replacement therapy, which has great success in long remission.
More changes in 2018. I am going on the ketogenic diet/life style. I started this already, but have not done perfectly so far. You all can help me by not sending foods with sugar, or high carb things like pasta, bread (including anything made with flour) legumes, etc.
My diet needs to cut these out, and include meat (organic grass fed/pasture raised is best, more expensive though), veggies (lots of veggies), good fats (olive oil, coconut oil, butter, ghee, avocado oil). This diet has been shown to help with, not only preventing cancer, but with battling it.
I appreciate all that everyone has done in the past 2 months, you are all great. But please try to remember I’m battling something that is never truly cured according to the doctors, and need all the advantages I can get.
Also in 2018, I’m hoping to get the brace off pretty soon, and starting on OT or PT so I might not need the walker any more.
Got to ring the bell. Chemo starts in a few weeks.
Hi this is my new blog on my new site: keithperkinsart.com After a long time I’ve cot a DotCom address, and hope to have everything up and running soon.
..is why They drink so much coffee at AA meetings.