Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (1997)

My thoughts on my favorite documentary — Fast, Cheap and Out of Control — are published at Good Letters, the blog of Image journal.    … [Read more...]

Sean Penn, The Tree of Life, and the difference between prose and poetry.

The L.A. Times, In Contention, Hollywood Elsewhere... everybody's getting worked up because Sean Penn apparently "dissed" director Terrence Malick and The Tree of Life: I didn’t at all find on the screen the emotion of the script, which is the most magnificent one that I’ve ever read. A clearer and more conventional narrative would have helped the film without, in my opinion, lessening its beauty and its impact. ... Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing there and what … [Read more...]

“Enough with the shaky-cam already!”

What's a handheld-camera movie where the shaky-cam technique was a good idea? What's a movie where you found yourself shouting, "Enough with the handheld camera already!" … [Read more...]

Attention, writers! Here’s an invitation for you.

This just in from Laity Lodge... … [Read more...]

Forget about those Star Wars and Lord of the Rings boxed sets. Here’s the one that really matters. (To me, anyway.)

Know what this means? … [Read more...]

August 23… new Jane Hirshfield poetry!

On August 23, I know what I'll be reading. Any time a new book has this name on the cover, you can bet I'll be reading it the day it comes out.... … [Read more...]

A Good Week for Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips' Long Play experiment was one of the most rewarding experiences of 2010 for me. Phillips provided so much creative, inspiring music that I hardly had time to learn the lyrics of one album before another one arrived. The music she recorded in 2010 is still surprising and charming listeners, and this week made that clear... … [Read more...]

Fingertips: Wendell Berry; Submarine and Buck; U2 documentary; Feist; Ollabelle; Favorite Film of 2010 now on Blu-Ray; Philip Seymour Hoffman; Cinderella; and more.

Here are several fingertips, poking at you until you poke at the links I've discovered...  … [Read more...]

“Surviving the Open Heart” and interviews with Anne

You never know what you'll find in the process of open heart surgery. My wife Anne found one of her best pieces of writing... … [Read more...]

Come write with me.

Gregory Wolfe. David Dark. Julia Kasdorf. Jill Phillips. Andy Gullahorn. And me. At one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Ready to talk with you about your writing — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, songwriting — on a weekend retreat. Will you join us September 29? Read on for details about my workshop... … [Read more...]


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