How Reading James Baldwin Can Make You a Better Writer

  It’s probably fitting that most of the discussion, both past and present, surrounding the work of James Baldwin is about the content of his writing rather than the art of his writing. After all, he wrote very important things—he was both a civil rights leader as well as a writer. Although this myopia on … Continue reading How Reading James Baldwin Can Make You a Better Writer

Jordan Peterson is The Professor Who Teaches You How to Save Your Father from the Belly of the Beast

Sometimes you get to the end of watching a Canadian Senate hearing about a gender identity bill and you sit there, finish your box of Wheat Thins, and wonder how you got where you are. This is what happened to everyone who for the last year had been following the internet maelstrom surrounding Prof. Jordan … Continue reading Jordan Peterson is The Professor Who Teaches You How to Save Your Father from the Belly of the Beast

How Reading Raymond Carver Can Make You a Better Writer

Raymond Carver’s short stories are some of the most distinct in the English language. He wrote most prolifically in the 1970s and 80s, and was inclined toward what he described as “brevity and intensity.” His sentences are short, the subject matter is often the grimy rough-and-tumble of the American lower-middle class, but the impact left … Continue reading How Reading Raymond Carver Can Make You a Better Writer