Looking for Inspiration in a "Life" Worth Writing and Reading About

What makes a writer write? It’s a fairly simple question, fraught with complexity, that often birddogs me when I find myself enjoying something I’m reading, whether poetry or prose. What caused this author to choose this particular subject and expound upon it for 5, 500, 5,000 or 50,000 words? What compelled him or her to… Continue reading Looking for Inspiration in a "Life" Worth Writing and Reading About

Mencken's Days Are Here Again

On September 12, the writer H. L. Mencken would be 128 years old. That’s not a particularly┬ánoteworthy or auspicious anniversary, I realize. I mention it only because it┬áis around this date that I once again venture over to the shelf, pull down one of his books, and amuse myself. (This is also the time of… Continue reading Mencken's Days Are Here Again