Writing

WriteGirl is coming to Pasadena!

WriteGirl is coming to Pasadena!

WriteGirl is coming to the Pasadena Playhouse Sunday, May 3 for a playwriting workshop and a special 6pm benefit performance– PlayWriteGirl. WriteGirl is an L.A.-based non-profit that pairs professional women writers with teenage girls to mentor them in their writing and self-expression. I’m a volunteer. WriteGirl offers monthly workshops, each focusing on a different writing […]

The Good Doctor

The Human Whisperer: A profile of Abraham Verghese, a new faculty member at Stanford Medical School. Verghese is both doctor and writer. His memoir, My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story, about treating patients in Tennessee at the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic, has received rave reviews for the extraordinary portraits of his patients. Stanford alumni […]

How to condense “blog wisdom” from 9 years into 1 hour

(UPDATED) I’m going to be a guest speaker at a class at CSUF tonight, taught by Steve Scauzillo, who works at Pasadena Star News by day, and teaches an editorial opinion writing class by night. This is my thinking-out-loud post where I gather my thoughts. Post will continue to change as I update things. If […]

The most entertaining comment thread so far this year..

…can be found here: Added Bonus: Irregardless what you think conversate is a word. Ta-Nehisi Coates has, for a couple of days now, posted about the word “conversate.” He recounts his conversation with Jesse Sheidlower, author of The F Word and Editor At Large for the Oxford English Dictionary. Ta-Nehisi: So is conversate a word? […]

Bookish Trinkets found while cleaning out old emails

From Publisher’s Lunch: Philadelphia’s oldest independent bookstore to close in January. It’s a recession. (Amid other news I skimmed past, such as salary freezes at publishing companies, and so on.) And from Book Deal news (the news is nearly a year old, book is closer to seeing the light of day): United By Words sounds […]

Towers of Gold at Huntington Library Friday night

Towers of Gold at Huntington Library Friday night

So, this woman goes downtown and walks into the historical society. She says, “Archivist, I’ll have a box of great great Grandpa” (his stuff. papers.) Archivist says, “Which box? I’ve got 40 of ’em” 40? Whoa. So this woman digs in and realizes she’s onto something big. Great great Grandpa BUILT California. That’s right. Built. […]